Since I am currently holding a giveaway for the great quilting book Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman, I thought it might be fun to look at some vintage Scandinavian holiday ornaments, and explore some sites with ornament ideas you can make at home. They may not be quilted, but many are stitched, even the traditional straw ornaments are stitched together. (Giveaway entries accepted through 10/22/2011.)
There are dozens of Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian ornaments in my own collection, as well as ones from other places around the world. Some are passed on from my Mom and are at least 40 years old and getting pretty fragile. Others I have purchased; when I travel I often look for ornaments as keepsakes from a trip. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures below. There are also two links to sites with directions for making some traditional Scandinavian ornaments yourself.A note to the readers who emailed me with questions about the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Turnblad Mansion, which houses the Institute, was built by a Swedish immigrant in 1908, and many Swedish craftspeople helped to make the ornate building and all the woodwork. Twenty years later the family donated the structure and contents to the community. The Institute website has very few actual photos of the many rooms, and none of the large ballroom, but the dining room is prominently featured. The imported fireplaces are porcelain tile stoves, made in Sweden and shipped here to be installed. There are eleven, each unique, and all gorgeous. They are called Kakelungar stoves, the one pictured here has sailor statues at the sides.
|St. Lucia Felted Dala Horse||Great tutorial at Gingerbread Snowflakes Blog.|
|Danish or Swedish Woven Paper Hearts||Directions at Twilight Bridge.|