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Loops: Nordic Knit Art 2010.



Loops 2010

is an all-encompassing yarncraft festival taking place between the dates of June 17 and July 4 under the midnight sun in Reykjavík, Iceland, the northernmost nation capital
on earth.

The festival features exhibitions, performance art, workshops, inspirational talks,
markets and off-venue events. It celebrates the creativity found in knitting and crochet and
ushers you into a world where everything is soft, colorful and intricately crafted.

Loops 2010 simultaneously reaches into the past and explores the present, capturing the
essence of the Nordic knitting tradition and its current usage in art and design.
The event will serve as a platform for guests to unravel the mysteries of different knitting techniques, to
share collective knowledge and to be inspired by the work of artists and designers to see
yarn-crafts in a new light.

Among confirmed participants in Loops 2010 are artist/designer Isabel Berglund (DK), the
designers behind popular craft-blog and online store www.pickles.no (NO), knit-designer
Vivian Høxbro (DK), fashion-designer Johanna av Steinum (FO), knit-graffiti team
Masquerade (http://maskerade.blogsome.com/ ) (SE), and knit-designer Katrina I Geil (FO).

More participants are pending and will be added to the program as they are confirmed.
Proud collaborators with the Nordic House in the planning of the festival are Knitting Iceland,
www.knittingiceland.com , and Reykjavík Downtown Hostel, www.hostel.is. Knitting Iceland
will host special events on the program and Reykjavík Downtown Hostel will serve as the offvenue
information center.

Get ready and cast-on for the trip of a lifetime to Reykjavík, Iceland this summer to
experience Loops: Nordic Knit Art 2010.

Vibrant & Colorful Program

Vibrant & Colorful Program


17th June

13.30 Festival opening  Exhibitionhall

14.30  Evelyn Clark    Lecturehall

15:00-17:00 Masquerade Knit Graffity workshop Childrens Library



18th June

10:00-13:00 Big knits with Pickles.no Greenhousecafé *

13:00-15:00 “Did you make this up”: About copyrights in design Lecturehall*  

14:00-17:00 Masqurade Knit Graffity workshop Childrens Library*

19:30-22:00 Icelandic knitting books-bookmass Exhibitionhall

20:30-22:00 Knit quiz Lecturehall

 20:00- 22:00 Creative talks by Isabel Berglund, Sarah Applebaum, Patricia Waller &  Masqurade   Lecturehall

19th June

10:00-13:00 Katrina I Geil: Faroese knitting tradition Lecturehall *

14:00-16:00 Dominoknitting with Vivian Hoxbro  Lecturehall *

14:00-16:00 Tunisian Crochet, workshop with Patrick Hassel-ZeinChildrens library *

20th June

10:00-12:00 Workshop for kids Childrens Library

12:00-13:30 lecture/ workshop with pickles.no Lecturehall *

15:00-17:00 Creative talk with Helga Isager Lecturehall


21st June

9:00-18:00 The Woollen Circle  Off-venue program with Knitting Iceland**


22nd June

17:00 – 20:30 Local Yarn Store walk  Off-venue program with Knitting Iceland**


25.June - 25.July

Knit-pearls arrange the photograph exhibition: Knitting-Life this summer in Reykjavík. The exhibition opens on the 25th of June in Te & kaffi, Eymundson, Austurstræti, and is open untill July 25th 2010. The motives are Icelandic knitters and the joy of knitting, as seen and expressed by Elísabet Stefánsdóttir. Elísabet took photos for our knitting book „Iceland Knits“ published in 2009, and will also take photos for the next book, due this autumn. The knitters on Knitting-Life´s photos are all contributors in the book "Iceland Knits". This exhibition is a part of the Nordic knitting festival Loops taking place in Iceland this summer, arranged by the Nordic house in Reykjavík.
Happy knitting! /Erla & Halldóra

24.-25th June

TextileCenteroff-venue program

Workshop and courses from Thursday to Friday, at the Textile Centre in the old Womens College in Blönduós (Northwest Iceland). In northwest Iceland is a deep tradition of sheep farming and working with the wool. The courses are aiming at exploring the tradition of working with wool fibers and the roots of the knitting/crocheting techniques.


*register at: ilmur@nordice.is

**register at: ragga@knittingiceland.com

***register at textilsetur@simnet.is

Yarn craft festival Loops, held in Reykjavik, Iceland, between June 17 and July 4 2010, has a vibrant and colorful program, guaranteed to charm and delight yarn enthusiasts of all skill levels, from the inexperienced novice to the seasoned professional.

The festival's program consist of a variety of lectures and workshops. It can best be described as a fiesta of small knitty dishes that offer up the taste and feel of the Nordic knitting tradition, juxtaposed with the rich flavors of the world of modern artistic knitting.

Loops 2010 is proud to announce that the acclaimed danish designer/knitter Helga Isager will be attending the festival to give a miniature workshop/lecture. Her event will take place on Sunday June 20.

Other particiapants in the festival are Icelandic intarsia knitter Helene Magnusson (IS/FRA), artist Rosa Sigrun Jonsdottir (IS), Berlin based artist Patricia Waller (Chile) and Evelyn Clark (USA). Other exciting and inspiring participants will be announced as they are confirmed.

Knitting Iceland at Loops

Knitting Iceland, a company passionately devoted to furthering the reputation of the Icelandic knitting tradition on an international scale, will host three events at the Loops 2010 festival.

Did you make this up?
- a seminar addressing copyright issues in textile design and knitting.
The seminar will explore how copyright laws affect knitwear designers and knitters in general. Can designers “own” ideas in knitting? Should we be proud when copied? Haven't we seen it all before?

Tunisian Crochet the Icelandic way
- meet the designer/show and tell.
Patrick Hassel Zein discusses his unique take on Icelandic wool and design through his preferred craft, Tunisian crochet. Patrick will talk about the designs found in his recently published book “Rússneskt hekl á íslensku” (Tunisian Crochet in Icelandic), most of which are inspired by the unlikely combination of traditional Icelandic knitting and the designer's love for Sci-fi. Demonstrations will include innovative techniques in working Tunisian crochet in the round, incorporating colourwork and stitch patterns.

Meet the Designer: An Afternoon with Evelyn Clark
- Seattle-based shawl expert hosts show and tell.
Meet Evelyn Clark, the renowned designer of popular lace shawls such as The Swallowtail Shawl, The Shetland Triangle and The Flower Basket Shawl.

Festival lodging
Our guest are invited to strike a bargain deal for accommodation with the Reykjavik Downtown Hostel, one of the festival's official collaborators. The hostel's cozy lounge area has been turned into a knitting zone, complete with baskets of yarn and needles in every corner.
A number of exciting off-venue events, hosted by many of Iceland's finest craft-friendly companies, will ensure that visitors need not go without crafty activities at any time during their visit to the world's northernmost nation capital. Come to Loops 2010 and experience knitting under the midnight sun!

To find out more about Loops 2010 at the Nordic House in Reykjavik visit: www.nordichouse.is

To visit the Knitting Iceland website and Facebook site visit: www.knittingiceland.com



: Vík Prjónsdóttir is inspired by myths and stories, from the past as well from the present. She is fascinated by nature as well as urban life, believes in the beyond and respects the hidden world. Vík Prjónsdóttir has passion for local cultures, materials and production.

Vík Prjónsdóttir was created 2005 by the designers Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, Egill Kalevi Karlsson, Guðfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir, Hrafnkell Birgisson, Þuríður Rós Sigurþórsdóttir and the knitting factory Víkurprjón. www.vikprjonsdottir.com

pickleswww.pickles.no (NO) :

"Pickles offers free patterns for knitting, crochet and sewing as well as a bunch of other craft projects. We´re also into cupcake-making, and share our recipes with you.

Pickles is Heidi and Anna, who are both knee deep into craft.
We usually make things based on our own design, and through we might as well share them with you."

Anna and Heidi from Pickles will give a workshop in one of their designs.

isabel_berglundIsabel Berglund (DK): Isabel Berglund is a danish designer/ artist. She has her own fashion collection but the art is her first passion. She uses knit in most of her artworks and on Loops she will give a talk about her life & art.

vivianVivian Hoxbro (DK): Vivian Høxbro is a danish knit designer. She has created sveral books on domino knitting and held a numerous workshops. At Loops she will give a workshop.

masqueradeMasqureade (SE): Masquerade is based in Stockholm but have bombed several cities around the world with knit graffiti. They will give a workshop in knit graffiti where the most important tool to use is courage and creativity. : http://maskerade.blogsome.com/ 

The purpose of the workshop is to make the participants feel the creativity and joy of knitting and crochet. We want people to learn to knit/crochet more freely - just do whatever you want, you don't have to follow any pattern. And of course we want the participants to be proud of their pieces and give them the opportunity to put them up on the streets of Reykjavík.  We think it's a really good idea to let participants in the first "walk-in workshop" leave their projects for the second workshop if they don't dare to put them up on the streets themselves.

If people want to, they can bring their old unfinished knitting projects (UFOs), or old knitted items (socks, sweaters, hats, etc) that are just lying around at home. We can show the participants how to give these things a new life on the streets. We think this might be good especially for participants that are not so experienced knitters, since they might not be able to finish a whole new project in just a few hours. But of course everyone get to choose themselves what to make, since the main purpose of the workshop is to be creative and proud of your knitting!

Katrina i Geil (FO):

Learn INNOVATIVE systems of making knittingpatterns YOUR way.

Develope the wellknown to the unknown, experience how to reinvent tradition and make it new.


At the workshop we will use the fantastic patterns of the Faroes as the platform from where we go of to experience innovative methods of making knittingpatterns. The system will guide you through the different steps of the designprocess, and you will end up with several new patterns that no one has ever seen before.


Katrina í Geil is a textile designer MA, specialized in knitting, from Designskolen Kolding in Denmark.

She has worked with designers like Peter Jensen, London, Trine Vestergaard, DK, and has sold designs to Calvin Klein, Anthropology, USA, and Filippa K, Sweden.



patricia_waller_02Patricia Waller creates quite uncanny crochet artworks. They are beautiful and horrific at the same time. Patricia lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


sarahapplebaum3Sarah Applebaum lives and works in California, USA. She has participated in numerous exhibitions. She will participate both in exhibition and program. http://www.sarahapplebaum.com

Arndís Sigurbjörnsdóttir is contributing to the Exhibtion on the first flore/ Lobby. Her work is vibrant and colorful, she knits bags, dolls, fruits and cakes.

Other participants will be announced along with complete schedule in good time...

Please contact ilmur@nordice.is for further information.

Loops in Textile Centre Blönduós.

Workshop and courses
Textile Centre, Blönduós June 24 – 25. 2010.


Workshop and courses Thursday to Friday, at the Textile Centre in the old Womens College in Blönduós (Northwest Iceland). Blönduósi. In northwest Iceland is a deep tradition of sheep farming and working with the wool. The courses are aiming at exploring the tradition of working with wool fibers and the roots of the knitting/crocheting techniques. The Wool-washing factory of Istex (Icelandic Textiles – the Lopi manufacturer) will be visited as well as the Textile Museum.(www.simnet.is/textile).
On Thursday participants are instructed in the basic wool working and spinning thread on a spindle. All will have samples of the various colors of the Icelandic wool. On Friday needle binding will be introduced which is a fabric creation technique that predates both knitting and crocheting. It is based on working with short pieces of yarn such as the handspun samples made the day before.

In the spring of 2005 the Icelandic Textile Center was founded in the town of Blönduós in Iceland. It's aim is to promote Icelandic and international textiles by holding seminars and to encourage research as well as education within the textile field of art and design. The center will also provide students, scholars and artists with working space to conduct their research and study-trips within textiles and to function as an international educational meeting point to hold seminars, counsels and classes on textiles. 

Course program:

Thursday June 24th:

8.30  departure, busstation Reykjavík, 12.30 arriving Blönduós.
13.00 – lunch Textile Centre, Icelandic summertime meatsoup.
14.00 – 18.00 – course in wool working and spinning on a spindle.
19.00 – dinner – fresh Icelandic fish.
20.00 – tour of the old Womens College and evening entertainment.

Friday June 25th:

8.00-9.00 – breakfast
9.00 – visit to the Woolworking factory and the Textile Museum.
12.00-13.00 – lunch, a knitters fish soup.
13.00 - 17.30 – course in needle binding.
18.00 – 19.00 – light dinner for the road.
19.10 – departure, bus Blönduós – Reykjavík

Price 34.500 ikr.

Courses will also be held at the Textile Centre in the Womens College from June 26th – 29th. Further information on the website:www.textilsetur.is  and by email: textilsetur@simnet.is.

Embroidery- monograms: Björk Ottósdóttir from Skals handårbejdesskole.

Tatting: Helga Jóna Þórunnardóttir, from Skals semingarium and owner of Nálin.
Gimb: (old techique of lace making). Eva Hulda Emilsdóttir, textile teacher.
Freeform crochet: Edda Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, textile teacher and designer of project 52 caps in 52 weeks. www.snigla.com.