Weaving in Another Language: Vocabulary

HusflidensvevbokI had a Norwegian speaking family where knitting was commonplace and, in fact, never even looked at an knitting pattern in English until I was almost 30 years old.  Now while my wrist heals, weaving has again captured my attention.  Reading through Husflidens vevbok by Tone Elsabeth Paulsen (1983), a book long-buried in my bookshelf makes me wish someone in the family had been an active weaver!

As any fiber artist knows, each art and craft has a vocabulary onto itself.  This means that unless skilled in a specific art or craft, even a native speaker of a language most likely will not know the vocabulary specific to that art or craft.

So now I’m learning to read a Norwegian weaving pattern and quickly adding to my Norwegian vocabulary.  In the bottom of this post are JPGs of my Norwegian weaving-specific vocabulary to date.  (I’ve included the words for some basic colors too.)  The list is available as a downloadable PDF on a static page at the top of my blog.  I welcome all corrections and/or additions.  Upon receipt I will update the static page.

Thank you to Linda Marveng for connecting me to Nodland Vestol.  I knew that “lerr” meant canvas (as in a picture’s) and had a hunch it meant tabby.  Thank you to Arvid Noland for confirming that!

In my next post, I will explain how to translate a Norwegian weaving draft (draw down) and basic written instructions.

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11 Responses to Weaving in Another Language: Vocabulary

  1. It would be great if weavers who have mastered craft-specific vocabulary in more than one language could come together and create a guide. >

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  2. Suzan says:

    Yeah, that’s the problem…. it’s difficult to find out as there are no weaving guilds or anything. You can learn it as a profession, but it’s specialist knowledge then and not easily accessible. Stupid, huh. 🙂

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  4. Sadly, I don’t know any Germany weaving words, just knitting.

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  5. Suzan says:

    This is just great – though I’m not speaking Norwegian, this is exactly what I’m missing too for German… and I’m trying to build a table like this as well. I just still lack most of the German terms for everything… 😉

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  6. It probably depends on the pattern. If it’s a pretty basic, graphed pattern with a schematic, you should be able to figure it out. Have you seen “Knitting Languages” (sadly out of print, I think)? And DROPS has a pretty good knitting translator online.

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  7. lissymail says:

    This is terrific. I once found a sweater pattern in Danish that I wanted to knit, and I spent a long time wondering about whether a translation would be possible just based on understanding construction . . . turns out that there is a lot to be potentially lost in translation 🙂

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  8. Afrikaans is related to Dutch, correct? So that makes sense. I’ve seen several Dutch movies and been able to follow some of the dialogue. >

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  9. Thank you … yes, indeed, Norway has an amazing knitting tradition. I was regularly bedecked in Norwegian ski sweaters growing up in sunny California. 🙂

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  10. Very interesting what a fun post! And Norway has an awesome knitting tradition!! More of this please, Johanna

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  11. Awesome post. Loved checking the Norwegian words to English, some makes sense for me since they remind me a little bit of the Afrikaans words, a language we speak here. 🙂 Looking forward to more.

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