I received the book Scandinavian Stitch Craft by Karin Holmberg recently and is a beautiful book that will offer lots of inspiration for embroidery projects. Let’s take a quick peek at what Scandinavian Stitch Craft has to offer. And, be sure to answer the question below to be entered to win this book! And, I’ll announce who won last week’s book.
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of hand embroidery. I love the new designs and designers, but I love the old, vintage stuff too. Karin Holmberg blends both, a little modernity and vintage touches that make her work so wonderful. Karin was trained at the Stockholm School of Textile and Art and lives in Sweden and of course she brings to her embroidery her Scandinavian culture.
Like most cultures Scandinavian embroidery has a long history. Embroidery can be seen in the Scandinavian historical dress, folk costumes and in the every day objects like table linens and other items. Embroidery in Scandinavian countries, like others around the world was used as a way to brighten up special items, show familial pride and brighten up the world around them. ( Scandinavian countries have long winters.) Holmberg here shows 8 regional embroidery stitches and shows how you can create them traditionally as well as use these techniques but put a modern spin on them. The stitches are Jarvso stitch, Delsbo, Halland, Blekinge, Annundsjo, Pasom, Skane and Blackwork. Holmberg tells the reader a bit of history on each stitch.
There are over 35 projects in this book. Ranging from home decor, garment embellishment, accessories, and items for children. The book includes well thought out how-tos, supplies list, tips, pattern templates and tracing paper. The photos are gorgeous and are inspirational on their own. I hope the lucky winner will enjoy this book as much as I’ve had just looking it over.
The winner of last week’s giveaway is Carol KE! Carol was randomly chosen from an outside app and we hope she enjoys her new book. Carol please send your mailing address to email@example.com and we’ll get this out to you.
This week’s question: What has influenced you in your embroidery?