Textile Facilities

Loom Studio

The looms are situated on the third floor of the residency with working tables and storage spaces. The view is a gorgeous, sweeping outlook of where the Blanda River merges with the ocean.

There are two different-size looms: 80 and 140cm. They are 4, 6 or 8 shafts counter-balanced. Residents have full access to looms and weaving equipment; large selection of reeds, warping reel, distaff holders, shuttles, yarn reels etc. Please bring basics (measuring tape etc) and your desired threads. There is only a very small selection of wool, cotton, and linen available to buy in the Textilsetur offices.
The looms are quite old and historic, please treat them with gentle care, they may be different to what you have worked with before and we ask that artists have experience with looms before using them.
The studio holds around 8 looms for general use.
For a short video, see here.

Textilsetur does not offer weaving classes.

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The weaving studio offers an unadulterated view of the Blanda river merging with the wide ocean. Incredibly colorful sunrise and sunsets are best witnessed while weaving.

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There are rigid heddle looms and simple frame looms for making tapestries as well.

Felting

The dye studio across the street can be used for felting with a sink and is better for messy/wet processes or loud processes that may disturb others with sound. The main studio is situated at the second floor of the building in a large sunny room with a view of the sea.  Artists have access to a communal 7m long table and several small working tables. Basic wet felting equipment (bubble wrap, mats) is available and left by other artists, and there is a large multi-functional sink. We do not have any needle felting equipment, please bring this with you.

Dyeing

We have a separate small studio across the street to be used for dyeing. The residency does not provide any dyes (pigments, medium, starch, etc.).  However, Iceland produces many natural dye resources such as lichens of various colours, plants and flowers (but do not expect to see many/any flowers during the winter).

The Dye Studio is a small space best suited for making natural dyes, doing small dye batches, and wet work like felting, wool washing, or incidental dyeing of yarn/fibres. It is not ventilated and does not have an industrial sink so it is not suitable for heavy chemicals or environmentally unsafe processes.
Dye Studio has:
Household Sink
Work bench
4 x electric stove burners
1 x mini oven
Kettle
Metal pots – large, medium, and small
Plastic buckets – large and small
Glass Jars
Stirring utensils
Drying racks (laundry fold out style)

It is not equipped with:
Skein winder
Colour proofing cabinet

To note:
Sometimes other artists will leave behind mordant/alum or natural dye materials – however if you rely on this, ensure to bring your own.
There are spinning wheels and yarn swifts in the weaving and general studios.
Natural dye work is best done in Spring, Summer, or Autumn. Winter does not offer many plants for dyes.
If artists need specifics not listed above it is best to email about it, however Textilsetur does not provide art materials.
Naturally dyed textiles by artist and August resident, Catherine Fairbanks

Naturally dyed textiles by artist and August resident, Catherine Fairbanks

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Above is our dye studio and Bílskúr Gallerí or “Garage Gallery”. Please note the larger room, which is used as the dye studio, includes a sink on the wall marked 2.72m, and is a raw space. The two smaller rooms are gallery ready.

Sewing

The main studio also has a sewing machine, iron, and ironing board.

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The main studio, which has many tables and offers infinite possibilities for our textile and fiber artists.

Embroidery, Knitting, and Crochet

Embroidery, hand-knitting and crocheting are a big part of Icelandic culture and tradition.  At the Textile Center there are various handcraft and Icelandic patterns books (both traditional and modern) available for artists to use in the office and the Textile Museum next door. Textilsetur is beginning an annual summer knitting festival knittingfestival.is

Spinning

There is a spinning wheel for residents to use.

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The spinning wheel is shown here with first time spinning work by an artist–using left over wool in the communal shelves of the studio.

Wool

Icelandic wool is famous around the world and is easy to find here.  Handcrafting is a tradition in Iceland, so a wide variety of yarn (colors, wideness, thickness, etc.) can be found in every grocery store (one is at a 5 min walk from the school). Locally in Blönduós is the Ístex wool washing factory and artists are welcome to visit to see the washing process.

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