Nordiska of Gothenburg, 1960
Name: Circle 6503
Circle 6503 was originally printed on a very fine pale blue linen, embroidered with cotton thread in white.
We have reprinted this simple and beautiful Swedish design as a panel kit with many different colour variations. It's a great refresher kit for hands that may not have embroidered for many years, or for anyone who wants to learn embroidery.
If you like to use a hoop, choose one that is at least 30 cm across, or a smaller one that can be moved as you stitch along.
Included in this set is:
- A 100% linen cloth, 50 x 50 cm. All our prints are hand cut and hand printed in Sweden.
The design itself measures 29 cm in diameter, centred on the square panel.
- 7 skeins of contemporary linen threads, in 7 colours.
- A chenille needle on a vintage paper cut.
- A handy stitch card showing the 24 common linen embroidery stitches of the 60’s.
The front card shows part of a drawing of this design as it was found in the Nordiska Embroidery Archive, and part the original embroidered piece in blue and white, with a brief history of it's origins and named stitches on the back of the card.
The six named stitches are stem stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisy stitch, Y-stitch, couching stitch and French knots.
The panel is often used as a sampler, with many different stitches added.
You will need to decide where to add the stitches and colours, and we encourage improvisation.
Linen always look best if it isn't washed, and we recommend keeping it as it is, just as Nordiska did in the 1960's. Their notes would say "dry clean only", at least when the kits were presented in the UK, as we can see in issues of The Needlewoman Catalogue from that era.
We hope you will love this Nordiska treasure just as much as we do!
Please note that his is a screenprint with permanent colour, embroider to cover the print.