Tuesday, July 20, 2010

inspired by Finnish rugs





My father came over from Finland when he was five years old. The rugs woven from cloth and clothing have always been my favourites, and we have several. In researching my own heritage, I was reminded of these rugs and considered learning to weave them. My technique however, is not weaving - it is couching.

8 comments:

hudsondebb said...

I thought the top photo WAS a rug til I scrolled down and realized-
That post is a real tease! What did you use? It's wonderful. And I'm dying to see the back.

hudsondebb said...

Oh! Silly me. Now I see the brown is a fabric strip.

Diane said...

How absolutely wonderful! This wakes up whole new areas for me :)

La Dolce Vita said...

love this too and yes, it has my brain working!!

Dolores said...

No kidding. Finland, eh? My mom too and my dad's parents.
Mikä on sinun tyttönimi? Mine is Kallio.

Gina said...

I love your couched version.

The Happy Apple said...

I love the gentle warm colours of your piece..its beautiful!

helen salo said...

I've been silently following your journal ever since I found Jude Hill and she had a link, which hasn't been that long, I didn't have high speed. I am 2nd generation Finn both parents came from Finland, and I am in awe over your couched rendition. Definately a meditative process. I use to go to Canada a lot when I was younger and had many friends on the reserves up there, I thought you were native. Love everything you do, your work is incredible!