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Handicrafts of Iceland

25 August 2012
My second post on Iceland, and I still have more! here are some of the handicrafts I found.
 beautiful delicate white
babies cradles and knitted booties
seat covers
 tapestry stitches
 and of course Icelandic knitted mittens
traditional costume
 warping with mother
 junk shop beauties
 love this shade!
 cross stitch
 bones used for winding yarn
 painted trunks
 warping winding
 old circular knitting machine
 hand stitched
hand cooked
 hand knitted
 corrugated and carved
 well loved
 well collected
 well travelled
shells and glass
 another knitting machine
 old friends
 tiny friends
 tiny stitches
 first it was the birds
 then the dogs and crocks
 then the horses and sheep
 hand stitched text
 hand carved signs
 fishermen’s gloves with extra thumbs
 hand made horse ropes
hooking rug tufting
 chess board cushion
handy bead work
 leather boots
 welcome help
 welcome face

Little Houses of Iceland, Old and New

23 August 2012
If you have been following my blog for a while you will know my love for little old houses.
Having just returned from a trip around Iceland, I have some Icelandic houses old and new to show you. Hope you find the interiors and exteriors as inspiring as I did.
 Icelandic farmers stayed in these grass covered houses – this one was built in the 1860’s, some were still lived in until the 1930’s.
 beds for life- they were extendable both width ways and length ways
 The loom was in the attic room
 all the farms had their own church
 bottom was made from stone, and top part was made with peat so very insulated. But they must have got very cold (and dark) in the winter.
 we had hot chocolate and fresh pancakes here, it was soooo beautiful
this man is now in his 80’s and still lives there.
 modern houses are painted in beautiful ice cream colours- and mostly made from corrugated aluminium.
some Icelandic tapestry
 Little houses for the little fairy folk
 I love the colours of the paint they used.
 I saw quite a few of these intricate beaded pieces in the churches
 a moden cafe in Reykjavik