Linladan Embroidery

Linladan Embroidery


8 Willway Street, BS3 4BG Bristol. UK

Beautiful vintage and contemporary linen threads, rare 1960's Nordiska Archive designs hand printed on linen.

Exhibitor’s Products

Lina - Lyster Thread Collection
Lina - Lyster Thread Collection
A limited series of our finest linen threads, both vintage and contemporary, together with a 1960's Nordiska of Gothenburg design from the early 1960's.

The box includes the following threads:

2 x hemstitch 4-stranded linen, 1960's, Nordiska. 10 m or 40 m if used fully stranded.
1 x linen lace thread, a rare beautiful very even thread from the 1960's, from Nordiska. The skein is circa 50 meter long.
1 X Vintage Gutermann silk spool. Please note that silk shades vary in each box, all pastels matching the linen threads.
9 X contemporary linen skeins, Lyster #1 and #2.

1 x card with very strong linen from Belgium, suitable for leatherwork and upholstery.
Two chenille needles

The paper box itself is A6 in size.

The Nordiska print Table Mat pictured here is added to the box at half price. It was designed in 1960 by an unknown artist for Nordiska of Gothenburg. We will include two stitch cards with the prints, one card showing the 24 common stitches of 60's linen embroidery, the other card comes with a picture of the original drawing of Table Mat, and a brief history of it's origins. There are 7 boxes available.

Pastel Flax Flower Box with Nordiska Archive print
Pastel Flax Flower Box with Nordiska Archive print
Pastel Flax Flower Box - A selection box of 14 skeins of linen in soft colours along with a 1960s linen print from the Nordiska Embroidery Archive. One of the skeins are an original 1960's Nordiska of Gothenburg stranded linen soft blue #514.
Swedish Patterns for Art Weaves and Embroidery  (1892)
Swedish Patterns for Art Weaves and Embroidery (1892)
The book that belongs in every textile enthusiast bookshelf.

Swedish Patterns for Art Weaves and Embroidery was first published 127 years ago, in 1892. This is a facsimile of the original text and posters with an added complete translation of the old Swedish language into modern English.

Author Jakob Kulle was a renowned painter and is represented at Nationalmuseum, Sweden's premier museum of art and design. Kulle foremost recounted his design from the Swedish peasantry everyday life, which lay close to his heart. To document the disappearing peasant culture, he travelled around Scania/Skåne researching and recording objects, mainly textiles, which he found in homes. Through his research he documented about 1600 old motifs for weaving and embroidery, of which 200 are represented on 36 colour charts in his book.
Kulle brings forward eight traditional weaves: rosengång (rosepath), rölakan (interlocked tapestry), flamskvävnad (tapestry), munkabälte, krabbasnår, dukagång (extra-weft patterning), flossa (knotted pile) and upphämta. For each weave there is an explanation in the text and examples of several different patterns which are useful for both weaving and embroidery.
Kulle's book should interest weavers, embroiderers, ethnologists and cultural historians alike.
The Nordiska Archive Linen
The Nordiska Archive Linen
The Swedish embroidery company Nordiska/Niab, founded in 1879, employed talented designers right from the start to produce embroidery kits for the Scandinavian home.
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, after two years of research, 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.

Designed in 1960, this hand printed linen kit from the Nordiska Embroidery Archive is called ‘Table Mat 5962’ and can be embroidered with 5 simple stitches using linen thread provided. The original detailed pattern chart has been lost, so this is based on a drawing found in the Nordiska archive. This kit is for anyone who likes to improvise a little. The original designer's name is still unknown, we hope to find the name one day.