VINTAGE YARN FOR HEIRLOOM STITCHING
Linladan is Swedish for flax barn:
The threads on this website are from flax grown and spun in the heart of Sweden's textile industrial area in the 1960's. As the factory closed down, the remaining yarn was hidden away in a haberdashery stockroom for decades.
Finding and learning about Linblomman linen threads led me to old Swedish embroidery companies, one of them an especially intriguing textile house called Nordiska, established in 1879, and it's lost archive. This major collection of original drawings, pattern charts and embroidered samples has now been found, saved in an old linen factory, just outside Sweden's "textile town". In the past two years, apart from spending countless hours on a 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 still practising textile artists, some well into their eighties. All are wonderful women, strong, creative, with a lot of knowledge. Over this winter I'll continue to talk with the artists, and in March 2019, welcome to come and see our exhibition at the ICHF Fashion & Embroidery, NEC Birmingham.
An old Scandinavian proverb tells "Ull blir mull och lin blir gull",
(Wool becomes dust, flax becomes gold) and we have found the latter to be true: linen stays beautiful and strong, ready for stitching now or in 50 years.
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show: 28th February – 3rd March 2019, Olympia London
Nordiska /Niab's archive: 14 - 17 March, NEC Birmingham at the Fashion & Embroidery show (ICHF)
Selvedge Spring Fair, 30th of March, The Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH https://www.selvedge.org/collections/fairs-2018-19/products/selvedge-spring-fair-in-bath
June: The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey
August: The Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham
October: The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London
Welcome to send an email to linladan.embroidery (at) gmail.com or call Tanja at +44(0)7498734166 between 9am and 12 noon, weekdays.