Nordiska of Gothenburg, 1960
Name: Kudde 6503 / Circle 6503
Original colour: Pale blue, white
Original materials: Pale blue linen
DMC art 101/16, whole thread.
Designed in 1960 by Nordiska of Gothenburg, Kudde 6503 was originally printed on a very fine linen, and sold in one colour, pale blue with white thread.
We have reprinted this simple and beautiful Swedish design as a panel kit with many different colour variations. It's a great starter 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 are hand cut and hand printed linen and may vary slightly. The design itself measures 29 cm in diameter, centred on the square panel.
- 7 skeins of contemporary linen threads, in 7 colours, 98 meter in total.
- A chenille needle
- A stitch card showing the 24 most common 60's linen embroidery stitches.
The other 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. On the back you can read a brief history of Circle's origins.
The six named stitches are stem stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisy, Y-stitch, couching stitch and French knots.
The panel is often used as a sampler.
We encourage improvisation, and hope you will enjoy it!
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.
Please note that his is a screenprint with permanent colour,
the white marks will not wash off. The lines are fine and printed lightly and will be easy to embroider over with linen thread.
Images 4 and 5: an example of Circle as a sampler.