This update comes from Stockholm, where we spent almost the entire day at the museum of the north, Nordiska Museet. I’m fairly sure I blogged about that particular museum when we were in Sweden last time and it remains my favourite museum, anywhere, with the possible exception of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Nordiska Museet was opened in 1907 in a castle-like purpose built building. It is dedicated to Swedish craft, life and culture and has a wonderful collection of fashion, fabric, embroidery, lace and other textile crafts, plus furniture and table settings. One of my favourite collections is the dolls houses dating back to the 17th century. The dolls houses were beautiful things to learn from and admire, certainly not to play with.
The textile collection is kept in drawers and contains examples of weaving, embroidery, knitting, crochet and lace making of many different types. I was surprised to learn that wood block printing is also part of the Swedish textile tradition. Here is a twill from one of those magical drawers.
I purchased several excellent but well worn weaving books on the driving holiday part of our visit to Sweden, before we came to Stockholm by train.
Flea markets, church sales and commercial second hand shops in rural areas had quite rich pickings of weaving-related items, including books, shuttles and yarn, but the same can not be said of the city of Stockholm.
I will share my books and purchases another time. Now it’s time to rest our weary feet and enjoy our old and slightly quirky hotel.
The hotel was originally a country manor but is now in the heart of one of Stockholm’s most hip and happening inner suburbs. Breakfast is served in the vaulted cellar which is so wonderful I can almost forgive the hotel for not including bacon in their breakfast buffet.