New Swedish word: Solros
Friday September 16th 2022, 8:49 pm
Filed under: History

Meaning, sunflower.

This small handwoven woolen tapestry is my first ever purchase coming from the Kingdom of Sweden. I wondered if I was related to whoever made this. It was being sold as a fundraiser for a Ukrainian relief fund and the price was roughly postage times two.

I wanted to study how they used the various background shades of purple and blue and brightness/shadedness to enhance the colors within the flowers and highlight some areas; I wanted to study it to learn more of how to create the effects they did.

It was made in the 1970s. I think it could use a gentle hand washing for sheer age, is all, but I’m a little hesitant.

Anyone familiar with classic Swedish tapestry weaving? (It is definitely thicker than the French ones I grew up with.) Judging by the fringe, I’m guessing jute for the warp.

What would you do?

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If it’s just looking like dust, put a piece of tulle over it and use a hand vacuum first. Don’t think you want to wash jute, but you could try dabbing with cold water. I would avoid immersion in water.

Comment by Anne 09.16.22 @ 9:48 pm

Would it be possible to put it in the dryer with no heat? Just to beat out the dust?

Comment by Beverly near Yosemite 09.17.22 @ 7:35 am

No suggestions, but that’s so cool!

Comment by ccr in MA 09.18.22 @ 11:51 am

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