...ned som en skinnfell

Fellen er nå sydd sammen til ett stykke. Den nesten 5 meter lange skinnremsa er sydd sammen av nakkestykkene som ble til overs. Dette blir den smale kanten som er synlig fra den trykte sida. For å unngå å søle på denne blir den ikke sydd fast før etter trykking.

Nestenferdigskinnfell

Hvis noen vil ha mer informasjon om skinnfeller står det masse på Britt sine sider, men kun på norsk.

Liljaskinnfell

Snork - den virker!

Liljasoverskinnfell

The skins are now sewn together to one, big piece. I cut up the leftovers from the necks, and sewed them into a long row. This will be the narrow stripe of fur showing from the front. To prevent spilling paint on it it won't be sewn to the rest until the printing is completed.

Shelley asked: This is a wonderful art form! How does the name of it translate-just "sheepskin rug" or is there a more formal title? Are those wooden stamps very old? What type of paint is used? I love the woven example too! Another question, I seem to be full of them, what breed of sheep are they?

The Norwegian name "skinnfell" translates into something like "skin fur". As far as I know they were almost always made from sheep, and if you go back 100 years or more this was the common cover to keep you warm at night. Usually all the family slept in one bed, parents in the middle and girls and boys on each side.
You can find very old wooden stamps in museums, but the ones we're going to use are new ones. Many of them are copies of old, traditional stamps, and they are carved by hand, just like the originals. It is an old tradition that each rug must have five symbols; animal, water, plants, sun and an eternity-symbol. People were very superstitious, and sleeping under the right symbols was very important. I haven't decided on a pattern yet, so I don't know if I'll follow the rules.
Our teacher handed out the recipe for traditional paint made from a yeasting soup of bark. It's a lot of work making it, it stinks like *** and I didn't like the colour, so we'll go for modern, textile paint!
I guess you can make rugs like these from most sheep breeds. Our teacher had 7 breeds on her list, and they all have different qualities. Some sheep breeds are smaller than others, and then you'll have more work patching it all together. Furs with fine under wool can felt if they're used a lot, some have short wool, others very long. The breeds we could choose from were Dalasau, Bleset sau, pelssau, spelsau, villsau, gotlandsfår, leicesterfår (sau/får means sheep). I guess the villsau (wild sheep) looks the most like the original Norse sheep, but I chose pelssau for mine, and it's lovely!

More questions? I'll do my best to answer them, but remember that I'm just a beginner at this myself.

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Postet av: carola

This looks so cosy, I can really imagine using it during a cold night in a chilly house. It is very interesting that you are putting these pictures and information up since I planned for this year to do some work with (sheep)skin. When I am ready to start (in the summer most likely) I will remember you and fire my questions ;-)

04.02.2006 @ 20:51
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