SCANDINAVIAN EMBROIDERY: Past and Present by Edith Nielsen


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The appealing embroidery arts of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are examined in close detail in this richly illustrated Scandinavian tour. Norway has two distinct traditions--colored wool embroidery and white ""sewing""--which show strong local variations and Oriental influences from early trade contacts. Swedish pieces often resemble weavings, a more admired craft; one notices a preferonce for bright colors and the use of techniques similar to Eastern European methods. Danish embroideries, also reflecting foreign influences, are notable for several markedly different styles. These separate and sometimes overlapping traditions have survived into this century, preserved and promoted by hand arts organizations. Many of the simpler pieces, such as a broderie anglais teacloth, fit right in with unfussy modern tastes; and formerly fashionable techniques, such as needle-painting (which uses uneven stitch lengths to simulate brushwork), register as interesting developments. A broad range of projects are included: bell pulls, wall hangings, pillows, tablecloths, pictures and wall plaques, runners, and a few pieces coordinated with Danish china patterns.

Pub Date: March 28th, 1978
Publisher: Scribners