Nordiska of Gothenburg, 1968
Designer: Kaisa Edström
Three Little Maids // Tre Små Jäntor was designed by Kaisa Edström in the 1960's. We are not sure of the exact date it was drawn, only that it was presented in Nordiska's own catalogue in 1968, and in The Needlewoman Shop catalogue soon after.
Three Little Maids was a kit for a very small cushion, or a panel to frame. We have two examples of this kit as originals from the 1960's, you can see both in the photos above.
This kit includes:
- A beautiful 100% linen panel, 50 x 50 cm.
The linen is hand cut and hand printed in Sweden, then folded and packed in our studio in Bristol where we also prepare all the linen threads.
- A set of linen threads in 12 colours, 14 skeins in total. These follow the original colour scheme as closely as possible. We have chosen to keep the original colour scheme for all the linen prints.
- A handy stitch card with the 24 common stitches used by Nordiska in their kits, an exact copy of Nordiska's own presentation, written on a typewriter in Gothenburg in the 1950's.
- A chenille needle size 22, used for linen embroidery.
- A very rare, complete sheet of the original stitch chart, A3 size.
The colour/stitch instruction sheet is an exact copy of the 1960s original, including the 1960's colour numbers.
The stitches used in Three Little Maids are clearly marked in the drawing as you can see here in the listing. Chain stitch, stem stitch and the others are drawn out as they are used in the design, and you can make the stitches long or short as you like. You can also change them to your favourite stitch, as long as you consider the thread usage.
Please choose where you like to add your light and dark shades of the threads, to make your own personal version of Kaisa's much loved design.
The printed lines are permanent, so cover the lines with the thread, either by stitching around the lines, over the lines, or through. Whatever technique you prefer is the right one!
The photos above shows the 60's original panel, and Kaisa's original drawing made in the Nordiska studio.
If you would like to learn more about the flax plant and it's fibre which gives us linen thread, we recommend starting at one of the many excellent museum resources, for example V&A HERE .