Taking Time

Spring finally seems to be on the way - the sun is at last making an appearance and the days are rapidly getting longer.  After the long Scandinavian winter, it is very welcome indeed.  I have been pretty busy these past couple of weeks with some very traditional handwork and I'll be writing about this soon.   However, it reminded me that I had been wanting to tell you all about the Norkiska Museum here in Stockholm and its wonderful collection of hand embroideries and textiles.   We are in our last three months now in Sweden and I probably should put some stuff up here about the city and how beautiful it is. 

These days everyone is simply so busy and there are fantastic sewing machines out there on the market that do almost every kind of embroidery you could wish for, so less and less, people turn to the long and sometimes labourious forms of fine hand work.   I love all the modern funky ways of embellishing fabrics, but perhaps we should look at it another way - these precise forms of needlework can be incredibly theraputic and relaxing and the results, in my opinion, far outstrip anything produced by machine.   They are also part of our cultural heritage and the Nordiska Musuem in Stockholm has a wonderful collection.  I'd like to share a few insights into it with  you.

The Museum is situated on the tip of Djurgarden, a central city island at the gateway to the archipelago. Founded by Athur Hazlius at the end of the 19th century, it has the feel of the big London museums - built for its purpose with style and space.    There is a whole section dedicated to embroideries and textiles as well as one for historical costumes.   Here are just a few of them.

I am exploring some of these techniques and thinking about ways to make them more modern and appropriate for the days we live in.  I'll be drawing and photographing and blogging all about it.  Hope you'll join me.   Meanwhile, if you ever get a chance to come to Stockholm, don't forget to check these treasures out.  Happy Weekend, Love Ruby x