Selbu mittens are well known all over the world, instantly recognisable for their dramatic contrasts and intricate motifs. But where do they come from? Who makes them, and how? What defines a true Selbu mitten , and why? Now the answers are at your fingertips, compiled into the ultimate compendium for any Norwegian mitten enthusiast. This gorgeous and inspiring resource was produced in conjunction with a one-of-kind exhibition of hand-knitted gloves and mittens from Selbu at the Sverresborg Trondelag Folkemuseum. A thoroughly-researched and illustrated account of the rich history of Selbu patterning covers the development of the designs themselves, and the essential role these knitted accessories have played in the cultural and economic development of the Selbu region.
Dive into pages upon pages of over 500 colour-work charts, organised according to the source of their inspiration, from classic stars, snowflakes, and flowers to elk, spiders and coffee beans. Complete patterns are included for 35 mittens and gloves from the original museum collection, accompanied by short biographies of the original designers-or choose from an overflowing selection of motifs for palms, thumbs, cuffs, and even patterned edging techniques for joining around the hand, to create endlessly fascinating combinations.
Anne Bardsgard grew up in Selbu and has always had a close relationship with her hometown and its rich knitting history-her relentless interest in the traditional mittens that made Selbu famous worldwide became the groundwork for her first book, the stunning all-in-one historical reference, design compendium and mitten pattern guide Selbu Mittens.
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