Hardcover: 296 pages
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Published:November 1, 2019
Physical Dimensions: 8.75" x 11.75"
The ultimate compendium for any Norwegian mitten enthusiast, this gorgeous and inspiring resource was produced in conjunction with a one-of-a-kind exhibition of gloves and mittens from Selbu at the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum. A thoroughly researched and illustrated account of the rich history of Selbu patterning—instantly recognizable for its dramatic contrasts and intricate motifs—covers the development of the designs themselves, and the essential role these knittedaccessories have played in the cultural and economic development of the Selbu region. Then, dive into pages upon pages of over 500 colorwork charts, organized 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 (b. 1966) is a craftswoman with an education from the Department of Textiles at the Bergen University College of Art. She has had several solo exhibitions and participated in a number of collective exhibitions at home and abroad. Her works have been purchased by Norwegian art industry museums, the Arts Council, and the Foundation for the decoration of public buildings and more. Bardsgard has grown up in Selbu, in 2013, she got an idea: Was it possible to collect, register and transcribe patterns from Selbu and collect them in book form to put the motto production in Selbu in a national cultural-historical context? The book Selbuvotter is a successful result of the project. She currently resides in Selbu a municipality in Trondelag county, Norway.