Swedish Patterns for Art Weaves and Embroidery was first published 130 years ago, in 1892. This is a facsimile of the original text and posters with an added complete translation of the old Swedish language into modern English.
Author Jakob Kulle was a renowned painter and is represented at Nationalmuseum, Sweden's premier museum of art and design. Kulle foremost recounted his design from the Swedish peasantry everyday life, which lay close to his heart. To document the disappearing peasant culture, he travelled around Scania/Skåne researching and recording objects, mainly textiles, which he found in homes. Through his research he documented about 1600 old motifs for weaving and embroidery, of which 200 are represented on 36 colour charts in his book.
Kulle brings forward eight traditional weaves: rosengång (rosepath), rölakan (interlocked tapestry), flamskvävnad (tapestry), munkabälte, krabbasnår, dukagång (extra-weft patterning), flossa (knotted pile) and upphämta. For each weave there is an explanation in the text and examples of several different patterns which are useful for both weaving and embroidery.
Kulle's book should interest weavers, embroiderers, ethnologists and cultural historians alike.