On the second day Julie and I arrived individually and looked around at what we had a particular interest in before meeting up for lunch.
'Wool Embroidery' - Treasures of Scandinavia
Collection of the Museum of Culture History, Kulturen, Lund, Sweden
Every year this quilt show features some examples of antique fabric art, for example Amish quilts or Lucy Boston's patchwork.
When I submitted my Partnership block I enclosed a letter explaining my Swedish roots. A couple of weeks later I was contacted by NHK and asked if I could assist them in finding information on antique Swedish wool embroidery. They had in vain tried to find museums willing to lend items. The reason for refusal seems to be that the show is held in a baseball stadium, not a museum. NHK also found it hard to search the internet as none of their staff knows Swedish. This was during my holiday in Sweden and I spent a good deal of time collecting info. During autumn I continued to dig up historic facts for HNK.
The result is that Museum of Culture History, Kulturen, Lund agreed to lend eight pieces of superb embroidery.
NHK has made a fantastic display. A special 'museum' room has been built within the baseball stadium, where the textile treasures are displayed inside wall sized cabinets, under soft light, behind glass and with humidity control. There is a uniformed guard on duty at all times. Photography is not allowed. The posters and information on the wall and next to each article are flawless in both Japanese and English.
There is also a three-page colour spread in the show catalogue. Unfortunately the only English text in the catalogue is the letter of introduction by the curator, Karin Hindfelt, see below. I so much would have wanted the descriptions of the bed spread and the carriage cushions published in English in the catalogue.
My first stop was therefore to go to the 'museum' booth, look at the beautiful embroidery and copy the English text into my notebook (no photo allowed so couldn't take a picture of the text).
I did however take some pictures of the outside wall display:
Now if you are really interested to see examples of antique wool embroidery from Scania (southern Sweden) check out the museum's search engine.
- head over to Carlotta
- write 'agedyna' in the search box and click the arrow
- tick the box 'visa endast föremål med bild' to see the pictures
Now back to the QUILTS of the show! Let's look at the Original Design Quilts
夕景 by 石浪崇子
On this side are the pulls that wind up the blind to reveal the quilt underneath.
A round of applause for
このほしの by 紅林道枝
Spool flower by 山井美和子
Notice the beads!
夜桜 by 青木真喜子
I have a soft spot for Mola, especially when it is use for 'new' designs.
Forgive me, but what London girl would have such a collection of sweet romantic umbrellas? It must be the Japanese girl who is an exchange student in London!
Excellently made quilt, the handles are made with wood print fabric and each umbrella is so beautifully decorated.
Look at the clever inclusion of selvages. I wouldn't mind hitch-hiking with this driver!
If we got lost we could follow this sign!
不思議なYAJIRUSHI by 吉田寿恵
Do you remember the soap bubble quilt from Yokohama International Quilt Week last year?
Here Ms Fukayama has taken a snapshot of her dogs playing on the banks of a Japanese river but longing to be running around on Prince Edward Island. Julie, that is what P.E.I stands for in the title!
If they were in P.E.I by 深山公子
Let me end this post with a favourite quilt of mine, well you might know that I love embroidery and embellishments. I mean it could be a TAST stitch sampler!
太陽のめぐみ by 田中和子