Tuesday, 24 July 2012

More 'sloyd' - mer slöjd

The embroidered birthday cake I made was to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swedish Folk Craft Movement. Slöjd, or Sloyd in 'Swenglish', has become very popular again after having been considered a dusty old hobby of elderly folk for a very long time.

There are three special exhibition here in Stockholm and I have already reported on my visit to the first, the one on weaving and craft as a school subject.

Now it is time to tell you about the second exhibition I went to. It is held at Liljevalchs and you can read about it here in English.

There are three things worth seeing; the leaves, the modern craft and the open workshop.

The Leaves have been decorated in may different ways by 2000 'ordinary' people. Some leaves were quite unique. Here are a few photos:

This one by Åsa Westman was my favourite. Isn't it beautiful?!

Among the modern craft there was this folk costume with a funky twist. Please note the sleeves with tattoos!

Finally the open workshop where anyone can try out anything. Yours truly is putting in a few TAST stitches in the table cloth!

It was a day of great fun!

I want to add just one more photo for Carolyn Foley at Caro-Rose-Creations who is interested in and knowledgeable about Swedish folk costumes (among all her other interests) and blogged about a postcard with a lady dressed in a Dala Floda dress. There was this jacket at the exhibition:


  1. Thank you for sharing, it is nice to see thing from other country's that I am unable to visit.

  2. I liked the one that you liked think it is the appliqué that I am drawn to,
    You look like your enjoying your holiday what more could you want sewing and catching up with old friends.

  3. wonderful! what fun - and how lovely the works are!

  4. This is such an interesting post, such different things, different style from those I am usually drawn to. I love those leaves. You seem to be making the most of your time in Sweden, such interesting things to do - it's obviously not all as it appears on "Wallander"!!

  5. Thank you for sharing the photos. The leaves are beautiful. I really like the 'tattoo' on the sleeves of the jacket.

  6. I missed the post! Where was I? But I have found it now, wonderful.


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