By Ingrid Bjernefors Dahlman
for Nordiska, 1960’s
Fabric: approximately 37 cm x 37 cm, print 12 cm tall x 8 cm wide.
The print is positioned slightly to the right to leave fabric for a backing if you choose to make a small purse/pocket.
Two linen skeins are included: a hank of contemporary iinen in blues and greens, and a turqoise 1960's hemstitch linen skein. This is 4-stranded and you can choose to strand it to embroider very fine details, or use it as it is.
The Swedish embroidery company Nordiska/Niab was founded in 1879 and continued to design patterns for over 100 years. Their archive was recently unearthed to reveal thousands of embroidery patterns for all seasons.
Ingrid’s Dance of the Flowers (Blommornas Dans) was originally printed on green linen fabric and it was intended that it would be made into a wall hanging or cushion. Here we have chosen a part of Blommornas Dans/Dance of the Flowers for everyone who would like to try something small before embarking on a larger project. Initially, there will be 100 editions of this design, printed onto unbleached linen, providing you with the opportunity to select your own palette to stitch with. The linen fabric has been screen printed in Sweden not far from the archive and the linen thread is dyed in Sweden by a master dyer who learned the trade as a young man.
The card shows part of the original kit instructions, and part of the original pattern drawings made prior to production of the kits.
The stitches used are:
stjälksöm - stem stitch
schattersöm - flat stitch or long-and-short stitch
lättsöm - laisy daisy stitch
kopplad sticksöm - split stitch
knutar - French knots
For the French knots, wind the thread around the needle twice.