Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sheepskin blanket

Last year I attended a course in making blankets from sheepskin, "skinnfell", a traditional craft from Norway. Before modern blankets, duvets and bed sheets, people used two blankets made of sheep skins: one to lie upon and another as a cover, with the wool on the inside and the skin on the outside. Sometimes the skins were decorated with wooden printing blocks.
My sheepskin was made from 4 skins, big enough to serve as a cozy afghan on cold winter evenings. The most difficult part of this project was designing the printed skin-side, and deciding which printing blocks to use. There were so many beautiful patterns to choose from!


kateuk said...


Susan said...

You chose beautiful designs