måndag 24 augusti 2015

Embroidery in Dala-Floda - Påsöm

Embroidery from Dala-Floda - Påsöm
I have just returned from a course in Dala-Floda. For those of you lucky enough to have experienced the same thing you know how difficult it is to put such an experience into words. It is a privilege to have Anna-Karin Jobs Arnberg guide you through the traditions of Påsöm, the traditional embroidery in Dala-Floda.
Embroidery from Dala-Floda - Påsöm
The four day course compassed the history, traditions, stitches, patterns,  designs and techniques and was just fantastic. We also covered ways of making and adding different fringes. We were 16 participants and we were all sad to leave on the last day.
Embroidery from Dala-Floda - Påsöm
Anna-Karin generously let us study and handle the old items from the collections of Dala-Floda. It is a bit overwhelming to face this treasure of embroidery. The skill and inventiveness contained in the material is staggering.
Wålstedt shop
We made a visit to Wålstedt and were guided through the process of making yarn. The guided tour began with sorting the wool and ended with the finished yarn. It was a very educational experience, and I do admire the engagement that the owners Sonia and Roger have, giving it all to maintain the tradition of making a very exceptional yarn.
Lill-Karin
We made a visit to a "fäbod", that is a mountain pasture where, in the old times, the cattle was taken for grazing during the summer. We were guided by Lill-Karin. Her story-telling is hilarious and we  were given a very entertaining time. Upon arrival to the "fäbod" we were served lunch, catered and served by Dala-Floda Inn. Superb!
Floda Hemslöjd/ The local Arts and Crafts shop
Floda Hemslöjd is close by, so of course we visited and shopping took place :-)
Dala-Floda Värdshus / Dala-Floda Inn
These fantastic days of wool and embroidery were enhanced by the stay at Dala-Floda Värdshus / Dala-Floda Inn. The food was exceptional (as always) and the kindness and generosity of the hosts Evalotta and Per makes every stay  something special. For sure, this was not my last visit to Dala-Floda. More information on Dala-Floda Värdshus can be found here: English / Swedish.
Dala-Floda Värdshus / Dala-Floda Inn
If you want to read my earlier posts about courses in Dala-Floda just write "Dala-Floda" in the field "Search this blog" to the right, and you will find them all.
Some of the participants samplers from Day 1.
Dala-Floda Värdshus / Dala-Floda Inn
Dala-Floda Värdshus / Dala-Floda Inn
Dala-Floda Värdshus / Dala-Floda Inn

Dala-Floda Värdshus / Dala-Floda Inn
Dala-Floda Värdshus / Dala-Floda Inn
Flo-sjön / The lake Flo
The road to the mountain pasture

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