Acorn was drawn and painted around 1966-67 by an unnamed artist in the design studio of Nordiska in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1970, it was presented in the sales catalogue of The Needlewoman Shop on Regent Street in London, Nordiska’s flagship store out of Scandinavia. We have not yet found the instructional sheet for this kit, and we don’t have more than a photograph of the cushion in a catalogue, but we hope to find both one day and can then present the Acorn exactly as it was in the 60’s, with the nearest to the original available linen fabric and embroidery threads.
A hand printed linen panel, approximately 50x50 cm, lustrous linen threads and two printed cards are included in this kit: one card with a photograph of the original artwork from the Nordiska Archive, an English translation of stitches used, and a brief history of its origins.
The other handy little card describes the 24 common stitches used by Nordiska in their kits, and it’s an exact copy of the 60’s version, typo and all.
This embroidery kit involves a little bit of improvising, as we don’t have the exact instructions for it. You can see the numbers on the main card and follow the shades of dark and light of the original. From Autumn 2020 we have changed the thread set so that 7 colours are included, just as the original. We will also send two chenille needles that are used for linen embroidery.
If you like this kit as a cushion, please select the cushion option when placing your order, an additional 50x50cm panel will be added to your kit.
Linen embroidery always looks better if it is kept unwashed, and we don’t recommend washing this kit. In the 60’s dry cleaning was recommended as you can see on the last image. The print itself is a screen print with permanent colour, so you will need to embroider over the lines.
We hope you will love to embroider this kit, and we would love to hear from anyone who remembers this kit from the 60’s and 70’s. T