Spreadsheet and distaffs
Don’t worry, I’m here! I have been dyeing wool, and I’m not finished yet. I’ll show you later.
Today I want to show a spreadsheet from the 19th century. It was used for keeping count of the work that was done by day workers on a farm here in my municipality.
The odd looking pieces of wood on the table and the wall are bidding sticks, older times telephones. When something alarming or urgent happened in a village, the stick was hastily passed from house to house together with the message. These are small local sticks. The object hanging above them is a book support. The book in this case would’ve been a Bible.
To the left the worker’s mark, then the amount of days done. I don’t know what the different signs indicate.
The objects are from this summer’s exhibition at our museum Myrbergsgården. The textiles show examples of a kind of lace that was common in many parts of Finland. I don’t know the English term for it. If someone knows, please let me know! There are also a few beautifully worked distaffs.
Talking about marks on wood: our dog Kasper is a carpenter. He slowly makes a piece of wood disappear. A couple of days ago he took a spindle from my box of class spindles and carefully put it on top of his latest work. I wonder what he thinking?
Very intriguing. The distaffs are gorgeous. Dog brains…….what are they thinking??? I will send this on to the person whose Blog I am about to send you. https://textileranger.com/2016/07/31/following-up-on-viking-sails/ She may know the name of the lace.
Yes, what are dogs thinking… I’ve had dogs for 46 years, and I still get astonished almost every day 😀
My dog is a ‘mulcher’. She turns the wood into mulch pieces. Mine (and the cat too) would have left marks on the spindle, your’s seems to have just wanted you to notice her work. 🙂