Friday, January 11, 2013

Intellivision hats and some professional rosemaling

That sounds like a good pairing, doesn't it?  I actually was going to do a post about Christmas decorating and paper trees, but decided to save that one for later.  It would have made sense before Christmas, but now I figure it doesn't matter when I do it.
I was then going to do a post about knitting and had photos of these hats to start and then realized that's all I had.  I am also working on a sweater, but it's not at a point that I want to photograph it or talk about it, so all I have is these hats that I made for Christmas gifts.  My son asked for a hat with this Intellivision logo on it.  He sent me the logo back in September, maybe.  so I worked it up and knit him a hat for Christmas. 

I wasn't sure if my other son would want one too, but when he saw his brother's he decided he wanted one too, so he and I worked together to convert the image he found on-line into a graph for knitting.  My sons are 38 and 33, so they played with Intellivision when they were little. I made his using left-over yarn when we traveled to Virginia for New Years at my sister's.

And here they are both together. The Intellivision logos work well for knitting, because they used very low-resolution graphics.  I could have made a better-looking skier, but then it would have looked less like the original blocky Intellivision figure. I used Jared Flood's "Turn a Square" pattern, but worked it flat until I'd completed the intarsia logo. Then I joined it and finished it in the round.  Oh, in both cases, after finishing the hat, I ripped out the ribbing at the bottom and reknit it going down.  For the first one the hat was about an inch too long, and for the second, I just didn't like the way the ribbing looked.

I also made two hats like this one for my niece and her boyfriend. 

That's a mock-cable pattern and it worked up quickly.  This is the Cross-stitch-mock-cable-hat by Barbara Benson.  That's pretty much it for the knitting.  The sweater I'm knitting is on a 2.75mm needle and is taking a long time.
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I do have some interesting Rosemaling photos. I took these last fall in the classroom.  My teacher has been rosemaling for many years and has worked with some excellent rosemalers.  She has some samples done by some pretty famous rosemalers.  If you've never heard these names, then you are not a rosemaler. 

This one is by Nancy Schneck in 1984. I love the whimsy here. And the unexpected straight lines right in the middle.  Wonderful!

Nancy schneck

This one is by Sigmund Årseth. (There should be a little circle over the 'A', but it doesn't show up very well.)  This is an older example of Sigmund's work. He always had a quick, free stroke, but his more modern work is more angular.  This is more rounded.  He is one of the very few rosemalers to use white in his work.

And here are two by my teacher. She is very talented.  Her name is June Nyberg. This plate you can see is finished with a reddish stain letting the wood grain show through. I love these soft colors on the reddish background.

Here's another one by June.

And finally a couple done by me.

Not quite the same quality, but I'm working on it. For this one I used Sigmund's as inspiration.

I'm going to try to blog more often this year.  I still have some photos from Finland I need to put up on the other blog.  I got started once, but ran into the holiday rush.
Do leave me a comment.  I love comments. 


twinsetellen said...

Right away I recognized the Turn a Square pattern - what a great use for it as a palette for the logos! The hats all turned out great.

The rosemaling is just beautiful. I can see the expertise in the first ones you showed, but yours is very lovely, too.

Cécile said...

Ellen, Thank you! See you next week!

L. P. said...

Did you block the cabled hat at all? I love all the Rosemaleing. I think my stroke would be too heavy.

Cécile said...

No, I didn't block the hat, but I did steam it a little.


Mary Ruth said...

Beautiful work! I always enjoy seeing your projects!

Love the Rosemaling too, your work is wonderful! I like your light-handed style on the paint.

The Vintage Folk Painter said...

Hi Cecile,

Lovely to meet another painter.

I really enjoyed looking at these paintings. All of them, including yours, have a wonderful feeling of movement, often not captured in pieces.
I read in Sigmunds book that he called it 'dancing with the brush' and that is just what it looks like.



Lisaknits said...

Hi Cici
Love the gold and silver on the black background.
your rosemaling is quite beautiful. how long does it take you to paint one?

Lisaknits said...

Hi Cici
Love the gold and silver on the black background.
your rosemaling is quite beautiful. how long does it take you to paint one?

Cécile said...

Mary Ruth, Thank you so much.

Fiona, Thanks, I enjoyed your painting philosophy on your site.

Lisa, It doesn't take me that long to complete one project. I paint quickly and in acrylics, but what takes time is all the hours/years spent practicing. Thank you for the kind words.