Antoinette Olsen, handweaver , and my speciality is the warp-weighted loom

I am a skilled weaver who can weave on the warp-weighted loom, modern floor looms, tapestry looms, rigid heddle looms and tablet looms. My favorite looms are the old warp-weighted looms and old tapestry looms. I like the old weaving techniques, and I am full of respect for the persons which was able to weave difficult and beautiful patterns on the old looms in ancient times.

I draw my own weaving patterns for tapestry weaving and for the twill weaving. I also combine weaving patterns made for todays floor looms with the old weaving technique. I love to dye yarn with different kinds of plants and then use it in weaving.

I have written one book in norwegians and one book in english about how to weave twill and tabby on the warp-weighted loom. My books are sold world wide since 2014. The reason why I wrote the books, was to keep the old weaving techniques alive today and in the future, and to honor the old weaving masters who lived in the viking age and before.

Descrivi la tua professione, dando dettagli sui prodotti, i servizi, le competenze specifiche e il saper fare.

I am a skilled weaver who can weave on the warp-weighted loom, modern floor looms, tapestry looms, rigid heddle looms and tablet looms. My favorite looms are the old warp-weighted looms and old tapestry looms. I like the old weaving techniques, and I am full of respect for the persons which was able to weave difficult and beautiful patterns on the old looms in ancient times.

I draw my own weaving patterns for tapestry weaving and for the twill weaving. I also combine weaving patterns made for todays floor looms with the old weaving technique. I love to dye yarn with different kinds of plants and then use it in weaving.

I have written one book in norwegians and one book in english about how to weave twill and tabby on the warp-weighted loom. My books are sold world wide since 2014. The reason why I wrote the books, was to keep the old weaving techniques alive today and in the future, and to honor the old weaving masters who lived in the viking age and before.

Che materiali usi? Come e dove te li procuri?

I normally use yarn of linen and  wool, often plant dyed yarn.

Qual è il profilo tipico della tua clientela?

My «ideal» client’s are the ones that is patient and love old weaving techniques. This is a very slow method of weaving compairing to the modern weaving industries.

A che età e in quali circostanze hai iniziato questo lavoro?

I was 44 years old and would learn how to weave twill on the warp-weighted loom. Nobody could tell me how to do that, so I thought myself.

Dove e per quanto tempo sei stato formato prima di essere pronto per iniziare la tua attività? In un istituto di formazione, con un artigiano o entrambi? Quale pensi sia il modo migliore per imparare il tuo lavoro oggi? Scuole, formazione con artigiani ...?

  • I took two classes of modern weaving at Asker husflidslag in Norway (in total 108 hours in 2011 and in 2012). Then I bought an old book about the warp-weighted loom. I did not understand it, so I decided to write and publish my own book, since this is an very important weaving technique in my eyes. During spring 2012 I found a warp-weighted loom on Facebook and started to learn the technique on my own. I visited Manndalen husflidslag in the North of Norway for two days, and Osterøy museum on the West cost of Norway for one day,to see and learn how they where weaving grenes and tabby/tapestries on their looms, 2 rods weaving. I myself, normally use 4 rods.

The best way to learn the weaving technique is to do it with a professional combined with self studies and weaving on your own.

Descrivi le tecniche, gli strumenti e i materiali che usi nel tuo lavoro.

I weave tabby, tapestry, double weave and 2/2 twill on my warp-weighted looms. I use a fork to beat the weft upwards and towards the woven fabric. The fork is used to push the weft upwards and towards the fabric. For warp and weft I normally use wool.

Che ruolo hanno "talento" e "creatività" nella tua professione?

The more you weave and dear to weave, the better skills you get, as long as you learn from your mistakes. The more you weave the more creative you get. I love to try new color combinations and mixing different kind of yarns to get new effects in my products. I also like to test out new techniques on the warp-weighted loom.

E per quanto riguarda l'innovazione, quali sono i cambiamenti da quando hai iniziato? Utilizzi nuovi materiali, strumenti o processi nella produzione e nel marketing? Qual è l'impatto dell'innovazione sulla tua performance? Come potrebbe la tua professione essere ancora più innovativa?

  • Earlier this year, in January 2020, I came up with a faster and more efficient way to make the warping. The new method (or at least to me) makes also the process of splitting the warp in back and front threads much more easier and efficient, (after you have stitched the starting border and the warping to the beam on top of the loom). I also use modern weaving patterns, (different kinds of Broken twill) while weaving. It is fun to combine the old weaving teqnchnique with weaving patterns an techniques made for the modern floor loom.

Qual è il modo migliore per imparare la tua professione?

The best way to try my profession is to try to weave, to do all the mistakes you can imagine and not imagine. And start all over again, plus read my books and connect to the warp-weighted loom-weaving group on Facebook, and share your weaving experiences with others.

Qual è il tuo messaggio per le generazioni più giovani che vorrebbero scegliere la tua professione?

Try it and have fun, but you do not make much money on this weaving technique/profession.

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