Designed by Birgitta Salenius for Nordiska (N.I.A.B) of Gothenburg, Sweden.
1960’s design on contemporary linen.
The Swedish embroidery company Nordiska/Niab was founded in 1879, employed talented Swedish designers right from the start and produced embroidery kits for well over a hundred years. Their archive was hidden away in an old linen factory after the company closed down, saved by a man who knew it was too precious to be spread for the wind, or worse, destroyed.
In August 2018 we started to republish 1960's traced embroidery patterns from this archive, and will continue to develop the project along the way. We are currently searching for the lost instructions that were printed for the kits, only around a hundred out of thousands had been saved.
Circle Chain Runner (Löpare) 5980 is from our second selection of prints.
With the linen print, you will receive linen threads in seven colours, and two cards: one of the cards with a picture of the artwork that was printed for this kit,
an English translation of stitches used, and a brief history of its origins. The other card describes the 24 common stitches used by Nordiska in their designs.
On the Circle Chain Runner 5980 card you can see which stitches were used where. We have not followed the colour scheme on the original instructions, there were at least three different colour versions published in the 60's and what you can find today is different from before.
The threads that are wrapped with a label Linblomman or Nordiska are all vintage, Swedish 1960’s, Klippan is from the 1990's, and if there is an unlabelled hank of threads, then it is contemporary linen dyed in Sweden. In the photos here, you can see which threads that are included.
The last picture shows the positioning of the print on the fabric. All pieces are hand cut and may vary slightly in size. The print is self is centered and measures 15 cm x 50 cm as the original 1960's size.
The runner was printed on a smaller size fabric in the past,
the larger linen here (50x85cm) allows for more ideas, for example a cushion.
As backing (if you like to make a cushion) it's nice to use for example Donegal tweed, or any vintage fabric.
If you like to wash the linen, remember that it shrinks 4-5%, and it's best to soak before laundry to save the flax fibres from unnecessary wear. The screenprint itself is wash proof.
Returns are accepted within 3 weeks.