Wool embroidery, where you use wool floss on wool fabric, is something Swedes have been doing for a long, long time. It creates durable, warm items that holds together through wear and tear and time. Most common are cushions for the horse wagon, sometimes designed for a wedding. I love the naive motives in combination with the happy colours of wool embroidery. Wool embroidery is filled with tradition and symbolism – and extremely freeing to do.
This summer my friend Britt gave me a few bits of cloth to experiment with. Mom and I started to each create a strip of embroidered wool, to make into bracelets. Something easy and small to start with. I totally recommend you to try it out. If you want to try out wool embroidery just get a small piece of cloth and get started on a bracelet! There is a lot of imagery online to inspire your first try!
The neighbor’s daughter, who is 4 years old, came to visit and got a piece of felted wool sweater to sew on. She really got into it and decorated a bracelet all by herself. I just helped with little hints when she stitched around the edge a few times.
I’ve experimented with it before and adore how it’s like stitching through butter. It’s perfect for applique because the fabric doesn’t unravel at all, so you don’t have to hide the raw edge!
The shiny circle in the middle is cut from a bag in box wine container, that I stitched in place.
I finished the embroidery part rather quickly, but then it took me for ever to fix the edge and finish it altogether. That’s why I didn’t blog it last year I guess, but it’s on my accomplished 2012 list!
And the whole thing:
Isn’t it pretty? My mother is extremely crafty and very productive! She has since making this made at least 5-6 other bracelets filled with flowers! She’s also well into a big cushion that she started when we went to a wool embroidery class together in December! Everyone got a piece of black wool in that class, and mom has filled hers with a mandala like flower. I think she will finish it very soon. My pillow, that will feature some kind of cat (that might resemble Smilla – or not at all), is just a sketch so far! Better get on with it…