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HISTORICAL REPRODUCTIONS – 19TH CENTURY WHITEWORK EMBROIDERY

The long history of whitework embroidery has always fascinated me – how by using the same white linen or cotton sewing-thread in a natural way it developed from the actual sewing of garments and household linen to additionally adorn collars, linings, pillow-cases and all sorts of edgings on fabric...

July 14, 2015
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HISTORICAL REPRODUCTIONS – 18TH & 19TH CENTURY DOVE-TAIL TAPESTRY

The dove-tail tapestry technique is known in Swedish as flamskväv or ‘Flemish weave’. Similar tapestry weaving can be seen on textiles that are thousands of years old, from many different parts of the world: for instance, as decorations on clothing and later as wall decorations...

May 22, 2015
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HISTORICAL REPRODUCTIONS – A SWEDISH WEAVING TRADITION

Brocaded tabby type “krabbasnår” was just one of several decorative weaving techniques made by the farmer’s wives in southernmost Sweden during the 18th and 19th centuries. The technique in itself is fairly uncomplicated, but the brocading weft pattern picked by hand alternating with the shuttled ...

May 1, 2015
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HISTORICAL REPRODUCTIONS – LOCAL SWEDISH EMBROIDERIES

Many areas in Sweden developed their own specialised embroidery designs in various combinations depending on material, stitching, colours and practical uses in the 18th- and 19th centuries. Three of these local county embroidery...

January 6, 2015
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HISTORICAL REPRODUCTIONS – “TVISTSÖM” EMBROIDERY

To decorate domestic as well as ecclesiastical textiles with tvistsöm or the quite similar cross stitch technique, have at least traditions back to the 13th century in Europe. In southernmost Sweden this way of embroidering became ...

November 28, 2014
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HISTORICAL REPRODUCTIONS – WOOLLEN EMBROIDERY

Early 19th century woollen embroidery from southernmost Sweden was my second attempt in reproducing historical stitching. These well-crafted embroideries with their rich...

September 25, 2014
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HISTORICAL REPRODUCTIONS OF EMBROIDERY – BLACKWORK OR “SVARTSTICK”

This first observation is looking closer into the very fine embroidery of the old technique blackwork – called “svartstick” in the province of Dalarna. One of many fascinating styles of embroideries...

August 3, 2014
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TEXTILES IN 18TH- & 19TH CENTURY ESTATE INVENTORIES

Textiles woven in double interlocked tapestry are some of the many household items mentioned in southern Swedish estate inventories during the period from 1700 to 1850. These records are important complementary sources ...

May 14, 2014
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UNIQUE 19TH CENTURY OBSERVATIONS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING

The life and manners of the Swedish people – including clothing and decorative textiles – were two of many areas interesting the artist and folklore researcher Nils Månsson Mandelgren (1813-1899)...

April 22, 2014
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DOUBLE INTERLOCKED TAPESTRIES IN WORKS OF ART

Long-lasting traditions, the usefulness of the textiles and creations of large dowries were the three most important factors in the increasing production of “rölakan” or double interlocked tapestries – as with many other woven techniques and embroideries...

February 14, 2014
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THE FEMALE WEAVERS

Female weavers who produced double interlocked tapestries or “rölakan” as a professional occupation were extremely rare during the 18th and 19th centuries, which also was confirmed during my documentation between 1984-91 including more than 1.600 examples of these tapestries...

December 19, 2013
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THE WEAVERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

A complex interaction of longlived traditions in combination with economical, social and geographical circumstances gave rise to the rich variety of woven and embroidered textiles from farmer’s homes in the southernmost Sweden (Skåne) during the period 1700...

November 22, 2013
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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DETAILS – OWNERSHIP

To place one’s mark or initials on possessions or produced goods, is a tradition which stretches back through Nordic heritage. Noticed as early as Viking Age, from which artifacts can be seen to house such markings...

September 28, 2013
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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DETAILS – COLOURS

During the period 1700-1850 all colours of the spectrum were produced from natural dyes. Primarily from plants but also in some aspects from various lice...

August 24, 2013
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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DETAILS – MATERIALS

The double interlocked tapestries or “rölakan” – together with many other textiles – only begins to reach its beauty, strength and usability, when the details of preparation, weaving and post production all come together...

August 13, 2013
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LIONS, STARS AND POMEGRANATES FROM SOUTHERN SWEDEN

Southernmost Sweden had an unusually rich textile tradition which within the farmers’ households reached its peak between 1750 to 1850. My first research project on a larger scale was based on these historically...

June 13, 2013