Another beautiful sunny stunning Norwegian morning. A ferry took us to Utne where we were visiting the Hardanger Folk Museum.
First we had a talk and guided tour of the traditional Norwegian costumes, The Bunad.
Just opened was a fantastic display of over 1000 bodice inserts some dating back to the 1700’s. Some were cross stitch, others beaded and some displayed other embroidery techniques. Can you see patchwork designs?
We were introduced to the history of Hardanger embroidery also dating back to the 1700’s. We saw aprons, table runners, shirts, bed linen and cushion covers all featuring variations of this beautiful embroidery.
Following this tour we went up the light workroom with gorgeous scenic views, which proved to be quite distracting. Our eyes soon focused on the small but intricate project that we were stitching for the next few hours.
We had a lunch break, eating outside on the verandah. Then, back to work, but if our eyes got tired there was plenty to explore in this museum including old houses, carved and painted chairs, sculptures and fiddles.
Walking back to the ferry we saw dolphins frolicking in the fjord. Another spectacular ferry and coach ride back to Eidfjord.
Tonight after dinner we are starting work on a klokkestreng, entirely voluntary!
We woke up to a second fabulous sunny warm morning in Bergen. Breakfast was eaten in the hotel restaurant where we felt we were on the water, with boats gliding past the windows.
Passing through the fish market our group got to taste caviar and whale meat before taking the funicular railway up Mount Floyan.
From there we had wonderful views of Bergen and got to meet a few goats.
Then it was some serious shopping in the Hanseatic area down below before enjoying some seafood lunches.
A short distance from Bergen is the Salhus Tricotagefabric (1859-1989). Here, we learnt about the history and importance of the textile industry in Norway. We found it amazing that the guide switched on old carding, spinning, and a variety of knitting machines so that we could see how they all worked.
Our drive to Eidfjord, an arm of the Hardanger fjord for our overnight stop was beautiful with amazing views around each corner – waterfalls bursting with spring melted snow, hytte with grass roofs, dramatic snow topped mountains and so much more. We had an unexpected stop when the road was closed for an hour. It was 6pm and 21C so we enjoyed the sun and views.
And some one or two chose to paddle in the fjord.
We have been driving along the Ocean Road from Adelaide to Melbourne taking in fabulous views, interesting places and coming across a couple of quilt shops. Today’s visit to Amitie Quilt shop was on my ‘hit’ list as I knew it belonged to Jen Kingwell, whom I have long admired. Jen designs the most gorgeously busy fabrics for Moda and her pattern books reflect her style.
The front of the shop looks like a big modern warehouse with a large opening, so that you could see straight into the huge shop and teaching area. You walk into a cafe, a great place for a non quilting partner. Can you see Bean catching up with his emails? Here we enjoyed a delicious smoked salmon quiche with a quinoa and green salad, served by Mr Kingwell.
Jen just happened to be in the store today, hand sewing. It was great to have a catch up with her about the latest news from the quilting scene.
After a long chat I was itching to take a closer look at her quilts hanging high up above all the fabulous selection of fabrics. All of them have patterns or booklets so that you can make your own version. Here is the latest.
There was also a class going on, making a Totes Amazeballs bag. The students were using large prints and bright unusual coordinates. As you can see plenty of space to work and fabrics all around for inspiration.
I bought one of Jen’s books which she signed for me.
I could have stayed all day but we were due in Melbourne that afternoon. Goodbye Jen and see you in Houston.
Our first full day in The Faroe Islands.
John, our excellent driver/guide was impressed that we were ready 5 minutes early, ready to leave for our morning tour. As he says, the earlier we are the more he can show us. And there is a lot to see and learn about these unique islands.
We toured around Torshavn visiting the old buildings with grass as a roof. This is where the first parliament or Tinganes was held over a thousand years ago.
On the other side of the hill, another scenic drive away was Kirkjubou, a small hamlet with lots of history. I loved this door on the wall of the culture centre.
Arena had arranged for us to visit Poulina, a Faroese weaver. We enjoyed looking at her looms, beautiful woven samples and traditional costumes she had woven and sewn.
We were fascinated with the fish skins the looked and felt like chamois leather. But oh what glorious colours! Of course they had to be purchased and will be used in appliqué, bags and clothes.
Threads in silk, cotton and linens as well as wools in fabulous hand dyed colours were also bought. Some of the silk threads were used in our handstitching workshop this afternoon.
It is 9.45pm and this is the view from my bedroom window. The grass is actually the roof of the bedrooms below and across the water looking like a whale is the ‘disappearing island’. I have given it this name as we sat fascinated during dinner, watching it appear and disappear, changing every few minutes, depending on the cloud formations.