Acorn was drawn and painted around 1966-67 by a so far 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 stockist out of Scandinavia.
We have not yet found the original textile kit or the instructional sheet for this design, only a photograph of the cushion in a catalogue and the original drawing from the archive. We do 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.
In this kit you will receive hand printed linen panel, approximately 100x50 cm, lustrous linen threads in seven colours and two printed cards: 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. 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 panel only rather than a full cushion, please select the panel option below.
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 Nordiska design from the 60’s and 70’s.