Linladan is Swedish for flax barn.
Our beautiful vintage Linblomman (The Flax Flower) linen threads are products of Sweden's textile industry in the 1960s. As the factories closed down, the remaining stocks ended up hidden away in an old haberdashery stockroom for decades until just a few years ago.
Researching more about Linblomman linen threads led me to old Swedish embroidery companies, one of them was especially intriguing, the textile house Nordiska. Established in 1879, it's rediscovered archive in an old linen factory had a major collection of original drawings, pattern charts and embroidered samples, some of which we have started to reproduce.
For the last two years, apart from spending countless hours on the floor in a room full of marvellous mid-century patterns, I have met and spoken to a few of the artists that worked for Nordiska. Many of them are still practising textile artists, some well into their eighties. All are wonderful women - strong, creative and with a lot of knowledge. Over this year we’re continuing to work together to publish more of the wonderful Nordiska patterns from the archive.
Our planned archive exhibition will still take place here in the UK, it's been postponed to 2021 though. More news shortly!
An old Scandinavian proverb tells "Ull blir mull och lin blir gull", (Wool becomes dust, flax becomes gold) and I have found the latter to be true: linen stays beautiful and strong, ready for stitching now or in 50 years.
Since 2015, when this project started, a lot of more materials than Linblomman have been found and presented here on this website. Antique silk, vintage Gutermann, Dursteler and many linen brands that does not exist anymore. Samples of each thread found is kept and catalogued, the aim is to find more information about the different threads, and find the nearest contemporary version for the 60's embroidery. The contemporary linen stocked here is called Lyster, and we hope to dye in every missing colour from the 60's linen charts over the years.