Boathouse Stugas

I did a little more exploring in Sweden this weekend. We traveled to Gothenburg (English spelling) Götenborg (Swedish spelling). How to pronounce Göteborg. The majority of the weekend produced rain, and cloudy skies. But we set out to explore a little of the coastline. When we got there we had a brief respite from the clouds and the sun peeked out.

One thing I found out is, that there are boathouse stugas. A stuga is a tiny house that is located either in a colony with garden space, in the forest, along a lake, or in this case along the ocean shore. Stugas are mainly used for vacation purposes, and often do not have heat or running water. In the case of boathouse stugas, the people would have a boat that would be docked in front of the stuga, and sleep in the stuga. Of course summertime is the time to use it.

Boathouse Stugas near Gothenburg

Boathouse Stugas in Smögen,picture from Gothenborg and West Sweden Facebook page.

Marina near Gothenburg

Coast near Gothenburg

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of the West coast of Sweden near Gothenburg!

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Fabric Shopping in Sweden

Dal horse fabric

Because of planning to have more time on my hands in Sweden, even before leaving the US, I had been trying to locate quilt shops, or at least a fabric store. My thinking was that since Kaffe Fassett, fabric designer, has a book, Quilts in Sweden, it wouldn’t be a problem to locate a quilt shop or fabric store in my new home location of Linköping, Sweden. Apparently I was wrong. It is the fifth largest town in Sweden, but no stores with regular cotton yardage for quilting, or making clothing. The only stores carrying fabric are small decorator fabric stores. The do have a nice store that sells sewing machines, or symaskins. The symaskins store owner told me a lot of people go to other towns to get fabric.

So my fabric shopping will be mostly online. The cost of cotton fabric in Sweden is so much higher, that I can order it online and pay for the extra shipping charge to send it to Sweden, and it may still be cheaper. This is probably what the Swedes do anyway.

However on my recent trip to Stockholm, I found some fabric with the Swedish design of the Dal horse. I was pleased with getting some fabric from Sweden depicting a symbol indigenous to Sweden.

Not sure when I will be showing you something completed with the fabric. First I have to get a symaskin. My US machine would not operate on European 220 electric. So, I left it behind.

I am selecting fabric in Sweden

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