Swedish Embroidery

A recent discovery at a fleamarket of a beautiful old book on Swedish embroidery has got me inspired.

Here’s the book, published in 1953, which came with a sheaf of patterns to use:

And here are some examples I found online which I love:

Example of huck weaving

Embroidered Mittens, in an exhibition at Liljevalchs.

Bracelet, early 19th century, Sweden, metal mesh and silk, counted thread embroidery.

Carriage cushion, 1795, Skåne, Sweden, free embroidery in wool thread on wool twill.

Useful Links:

textilgalleriet – This site has some impressive close-up pictures of textiles, I love being able to see the stitches. There is also a great ‘Arbetsbilder’ or ‘labour photos’ section, with images of women working on different crafts.

Needleprint – Bursting with great pictures and designs, and excellent list of museums with textile collections.

Huck weaving – Some history, step-by-step tutorials with photos and examples of huck weaving. Lovely!

I’ve started to practice a little bit of counted thread embroidery, but could do with a focused project to get me started. Any ideas?

2 thoughts on “Swedish Embroidery

    • Thanks! The book I found is really special – I’ll try to put a couple of scans up soon. Love your piece for Buy Nothing Day – now I know about it I think I’ll join in too!

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