Virgins and Nettles and Study in Sweden: The New Issue of the Norwegian Textile Letter

This issue of The Norwegian Textile Letter mentions Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of “The Wild Swan,” a smell worse that rotten eggs, and sex. Now that I have your attention… 


In Virgin Tapestries and the Bridal Theme, the translated section of Randi Nygaard Lium’s new book, Tekstilkunst i Norge (Textile Art i Norway) helps us understand why the Wise and Foolish Virgins image is the most common motif in Norwegian medieval tapestry. Her book is dense with background on historical and contemporary artists and hopefully we’ll meet more of them in coming issues of The Norwegian Textile Letter

Annemor Sundbø’s description of her escapades with processing nettles for fiber, Nettles – For Clothing and Much More, might not tempt a lot of other people to follow suit, but it is so interesting to read about the plant’s use historically. (Remember I mentioned that smell worse than rotten eggs?)

Edi Thorstensson did a wonderful job of gathering the thoughts and images of several lucky Americans who took a Swedish Art Weaves course last summer in Landskrona, Sweden. Like me, you will be sad you were not there too! 

In columns top to bottom going from left to right, Liz Hunter; Janis Aune, Sharon Marquardt, and Melba Granlund; Mary Skoy and Mary Erickson; Jan Mostrom and Edi Thorstenson.

But wait, you might be thinking, where was that article that mentioned sex?  Check the tapestry article. 

I am thankful to all the people who helped with articles in the past year — the authors; my trusty proofreaders; and those who have had great suggestions for articles to pursue.  Thank you to those who donated last year to support production of the newsletter, and to those who will do so again!
It is very much appreciated.

Robbie LaFleur