Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Historic Sewing from Copenhagen

We had a little computer problem at our hotel...they suddently changed networks and after that no one could get on-line! Fixed for now...

One of the highlights of our visit to the Open Air Museum in Copenhagen was the Lace Making School. A farmer's wife opened the school to teach her skills and of course, for the extra income.
I had never seen leather used on the bobbin lace pillows...I wonder if it simply made it easier to move the bobbins about...any ideas, anyone?

Do you see that half globe in the upper left of the picture...that is a glass globe filled with water and hung in front of the candle-apparently it diffused the candle light better! (You can see some more hung on the wall-waiting for the students to arrive and use them :)

In the pantry of the same house, little lace-like doilies covered the shelves...but look closer-they're cut from newspapers!
At the same museum, there is also a restored 1930s co-op store with shelves filled with bolts of fabric, a sewing machine for sale on the top shelf, and
in another cabinet, different sewing trims and do dads!
Fun stuff, huh?! Just outside the shop, in the hall is a pay telephone (you put the money in the box next to the phone-on the honor system). So, if you just had to tell to your friend about the lovely new cottons the shop just got in...well, you could!
The Copenhagen Open Air Museum (Frilandsmuseet) is definitely worth a visit - lots of old farm houses from all over Denmark and southern Sweden (Scania) have been reassembled just as they were-including the gardens and any out buildings. The wells and ingenious methods for pumping the water are all reproduced. Lots of old farm tools too.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

that is such a cool place!! I'm bet you are glad that you stopped there to visit. I love watching people weave and I have not seen lace being made.

Dawn said...

I was there a few years ago and have very happy memories! I saw the bobbin lace makers in Brugge and do not recall the leather either, interesting!
I've always been impressed with lace makers.
Thanks for sharing!