THE HISTORY OF A LINEN TABLECLOTH – DATED 1789 (F 3)

T E X T I L I S

[My Chamber of Textile Thoughts. No: XLII | By Viveka Hansen]

To own a substantial number of unbleached or white linen tablecloths in a Swedish nobility home, was a tradition with its roots in Medieval times. This group of interior textiles also represented an important part of the family linen storage and as a valuable heirloom – a practice continuing for several hundreds of years. My aim with this text is to describe a well preserved six metre long linen tablecloth dated “1789”, where the original owners belonged to families of barons and counts. Unfortunately there are no clues to by who or where this tablecloth once was woven, but possibly at one of the leading linen weaving manufacturers in Sweden as Flor, Vadstena or in one of the early factories for such goods in Stockholm.  

One of the corners is added with ‘CCB 1789’ in small cross stitches using grey-blue linen thread, the letters refer to Charlotta Catharina Bielke (1765-1793). She married the year before the dating of this tablecloth – 29 January in 1788 – with Louis de Geer af Leufsta (1759-1830). (Private ownership) Photo: The IK Foundation, London. One of the corners is added with ‘CCB 1789’ in small cross…

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Tip of the Week: Splitting Threads

Cottage Chick Knits

This week’s post is anything but philosophical, but before I get into it, I would like to give credit where credit is due. The clever Meredith, of These Hands of Mine, first introduced me to the technique I’m about to show you.

Of course, we all hate it when we accidentally split our yarn while knitting, and this should be avoided as much as possible. There is one specific situation, however, in which splitting yarn is actually useful and desirable, and that involves weaving in ends.

I must admit, I was a bit smug in the end-weaving department (I usually use a duplicate stitch to weave), until I realized that none of my creations to date had been made for children or heavy laundering. Clearly, something sturdy is needed to withstand the rigors of life with certain recipients, but what might that something be? Enter the split thread.

The split…

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Happy Scarf Part 2

Colouring With Yarn

As I looked at the Happy Scarf, I was thinking that I should make another one, but this time wider and longer.  And since there was no pressure to finish the scarf within the allotted class time, I could take my time to practise weaving.

So I took out all the colours, and added in the others that I didn’t use before, and started to warp the loom.  I yarndidn’t really have a pattern in mind, just to warp randomly with a vague idea on the colour repetitions and checkered boxes.  Soon after I started, I realized that if I wanted to use all colours, I would need to use only a few repetitions of the same colour, or I would run out of space.  Satisfied with my final warp, I continued on and tied the ends to the apron rods.  I used the same yarn and colours for…

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Exciting Times!!

So, after six and a half years, R Ewe Spinning is moving to a new location!  Our excitement is overflowing!  While we love our little “starter shop” and all the people who have been SO VERY supportive, we need more space for products and the ability to offer classes and events on our own schedule. 

Look forward to continuing news of the move, the promos, and the RIBBON CUTTING — tentatively scheduled for mid-July!
Meanwhile, happy spinning and weaving!

Please do your part in keeping the arts alive!

Linda

   
   

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