Crafting in Norway

We have been enjoying this months copy of a new magazine, Dilla pa Handlaget – which translates as Hooked on Handmade*. It’s from Norway and is a delightful glimpse of Norwegian design led craft. We love the studio interiors, visual influences, the inspiring goods and the ‘makes’ are beautiful too. Dilla2blog

A copy of the magazine arrived through TheBigForest letterbox because our work is featured and we can see how our finger puppets with their gentle woolfelt colours fit with the Norwegian craft/design aesthetic. Dilla1blog

Benjamin has family links with Norway (which was not a factor in our inclusion we should add) and in his childhood bedroom there was a 1950’s painting of trolls bought by his Grandma many, many years before he was born. The picture fired his childhood imagination, love of forest and thoughts of the creatures that may live there.

The magazine promotes the Norwegian equivalent of Etsy called Epla. It’s worth testing your schoolboy understanding of Norwegian and going for a browse – such beautiful work and we would so love there to be an English translate button and shipping outside Norway as we want to buy things but can’t. Oh the frustration!

Dilla3blogSo we were impressed and inspired by Dilla pa Handlaget (and Epla) – and you can’t get a much better result than that!

*It should be noted that Google translates the title as ‘Waffles on Handshake’ which is why we chose to believe the Editor rather than Google!

About TheBigForest

TheBigForest. A silly artist maker creating in felt and paper construction. Like us on Facebook: TheBigForest. Find us at Twitter : twitter/TheBigForestuk


  1. sol

    Many sellers on will ship internationally if asked, but there is no automatic calculating of freight costs. Just send them a message (“send en melding”) and ask if they are wiling to ship abroad, and an estimate for the shipping cost.

  2. bitsofnice

    Congratualtions guys 🙂

    • Thank you! We just have to work on a crafting business trip to Norway next as it looks so inspirational. Maybe not during the winter however….

      • bitsofnice

        I’ve been to Sweden in winter and it was stunning! I loved it and I recommed it. And this comes from a half brazilian! Although I have also been in summer and it is lovely too.

    • We love Sweden. The summer huts by rivers and lakes are a big influence on TheBigForest style. Our favourite place was Skansen the folk museum in Stockholm. We have never been in winter but we would love to. Not afraid of the cold… having once experienced a frozen Quebec winter!

  3. Congrats! Fabulous feature!

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