Broderisymposium 2012 Sweden

The Symposium was a wonderful opportunity for me to visit Sweden for the first time. It was held at Bergby Gard in a very peaceful country setting, so very conducive to learning and sharing ideas and plenty of conversation!
There were three other  tutors, all equally passionate about textiles, hand stitching and embroidery in particular.
My course was called Inspirations from African Textiles, so we worked from a selection of African textiles from my own collection. Developing ideas is so much more exciting and inspirational when there is the opportunity to handle and examine authentic examples. I discover more about them each time, even though I’ve written books and studied the subject so often with students.
I worked with two groups and we concentrated on learning and experimenting with traditional African needlework techniques. First we learnt the joining techniques and then experimented with some innovative ideas.

Mary working with Hanna

I was introduced to wrist warmers, a necessary fashion accessory in cold climates. What a wonderful idea they are and why don’t we have them in England?

I learnt a new technique for creating interesting seams. Here is Berit showing me the seam,  skarvsöm,  in Swedish.

Berit showing me the method of sewing the seam

Here are some of the students’ samples showing ideas in progress during the workshop.

Group 1

Some more samples of seams and joining stitches from Group 2.

Group 2 samples in progress

Here are some links to blogposts about the workshop:
The Swedish Embroiderers Guild:

Elisabet’s blog:

Renee’s blog:

Madde’s blog:

About Mary Sleigh

Textile artist, tutor and author - passionate about fabrics, stitching and helping others to develop ideas.
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1 Response to Broderisymposium 2012 Sweden

  1. iHanna says:

    Oh how fun to see the two of us together, and read your post Mary. Thanks for a great class with lots of inspiration and wonderful textiles! I hope you’ll come back to Sweden soon!

    Take care!

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