birds, rölakan and a couple of old ladies

My summer is colorful. The kit for an embroidered cushion which I bought two years ago, and finished the embroidery a year ago – finally has become a cushion.

It’s been quite a tedious work to assemble it all together – thick felted woolen back piece and sewing in the tassels, had to buy new proper quality needles, old ones kept breaking  (no wonder it was lying in the basket unfinished for so long!)  But I’ve made it and now we have a fun cushion)

finished cushion

the cushion is composed by Hemslöjden Skåne, they have gathered all the birds from local folk embroideries.



And weaving. In my mind I made the list of things to weave – all those cool linen scarves and thin cloth in somber greys and white, different pattern samples I want to try… But my heart is directing me to something totally different:

rölakan weaving

it’s rölakan again, slow and colorful,

rölakan weaving

I love making these interlocks on the back side, one after another without thinking what is next.

finished rölakan piece

made a sketch for another side
Rölakan sketch

Speaking about heart – few days ago I bought an old book (from 1916), rough translation of the title is
“Old folk handicraft from Malmöhus county, published by the county’s handicraft association”
(former Malmöhus county is where we live, but now it’s part of larger Skåne county).
The book is sort of a bible of local textile handicraft.


inside there  are lots of pictures of different weaving and embroidery from 16-18 century with detailed descriptions – warp and weft density, material, and who has made it and whom it belonged then, in 1916.


On the fly-leaf it says “This book is dedicated to the handicrafting women of Malmöhus county”. And a couple of names in old handwriting.  I am really curious about them, specially about Kristin Holm from Knestorp (Knästorp in modern writing, little village 4 km from ours). Did she just own the book or was she a weaver and used it as an inspiration?


I couldn’t resist to write my name down too. Now we are a little local gang – Kristin, Birgit and me :)

8 responses to “birds, rölakan and a couple of old ladies

  1. Febr12 July 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Great job you did! Amazing to see what a great crafter you are!

  2. onesmallstitch July 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    the cushion is bright, colourful fun. I am very interested in your rolakan, the interlocks are perfect, the pattern and colours fantastic. You have inspired me to study and try it, would it be possible to do a small piece on a little tapestry loom? The book is a treasure, love how you have signed it and included the date, wouldn’t it be nice if Kristin and Brigit had dated their signatures?

    • Alfia July 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      The cushion suits our house with all our noisy chickens and birds in the garden. I am so happy you find it inspiring and want to try rölakan! I am sure a little tapestry loom will work for it, you ‘ll just need a sturdy warp (traditionally linen is used) and it will be easy to see the pattern on the right side – you would just turn the loom.
      That was my first thought when I saw the signatures – what a pity they didn’t write the year…
      I feel like digging in the old church archives to find out who they were and if they were connected somehow.

  3. Lillemor (Ullemor) July 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Lovely blog! I subscrice at once!
    Very beautiful abd funny cushion.

    • Alfia July 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Tack! Jag läser din blogg rätt så länge och tycker om den, med alla färgexperimenter och annat kul, men är inte så bra på att skriva kommentärer….Ska försöka att förbätra mig!

  4. Heather July 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    The cushion and your weaving are exquisite! And so bright and colourful – it inspires me to try something in primaries for a change. What a treasure the book is, too.

    • Alfia July 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Heather! It’s funny how it is with color – never thought I would be working with primary colors, I have been preparing myself for dark blues and greys. But this colors- they change me, my personality…
      Yes, I am very happy with the book!

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