Today, July 30, is World Embroidery Day. The initiative to dedicate a special day of the year to embroidery was taken in 2011 in one of Täcklebo Broderiakademi’s local groups, read more HERE . In honor of the day, embroidery boxes usually gather in public places with their embroideries. Also this year, pandemics in 2020, brood boxes will be met, but to a slightly lesser extent than usual.
I celebrate here at home by picking out two embroideries from the cupboards and hoping to get answers to some questions.
The first embroidery is done in järvsösöm, sewn by my mother. She embroidered this many years ago when she was visiting Järvsö with a married relative with an old inherited farm. The relative picked up fabric and yarn from his hiding places and drew the motif freehand. Mother embroidered according to tradition with the help of the relative. The yarn is a cotton yarn in two shades of pink, sewn with three threads in the needle, two dark and one light.
What do you think about the fabric? Surely the city edge looks like the fabric can be hand-woven? Has this type of fabric traditionally been used for wolverine sewing, or did it just happen to be on hand at this very occasion? The warp consists of single-thread cotton yarn, unevenly spun. The element is single-stranded linen. The warp density is about 18 threads / cm and the weft density is about 16 threads / cm.
The next embroidery has a fabric with about the same density. I measure to 16.5 threads / cm in both warp and weft. But the fabrics are completely different. The fabric from Järvsö is compact and a bit stiff, while the fabric in the next picture is sparse, skirt and light. The material is thin linen threads.
I do not remember how this embroidery ended up with me. That it is connected to Leksand, I see in the pattern shapes (a later variant of black stitch), in the corner tassels and in the black-brown embroidery yarn of silk. The embroidery is too small to be a scarf for the toy sand suit, 42 x 42 cm, and the necklaces, the shawls, usually only have embroidery on half the fabric. Does it still belong in the suit? Or is it “just” a small cloth? Anyone have knowledge?
HERE are the necklaces in black knit at Digitalt Museum and HERE are some examples of Järvsösöm.