I confess that I have an obsession with pure linen and, if you have read any of my previous Jottings, you will know my house is furnished in the stuff, I am clothed in it and I always stitch on it. Now I have found the most attractive range of linen threads – and you can buy them too!
Tanja Malo is the owner and leading light of Studio Flax, now based in a very pretty street in Bristol and is working so hard to recreate this range of threads which were in their heyday in the 1960s. I am quoting Tanja here, but strongly recommend that you read all about her story on her site.
“Linladan was planned as a short project while living between the west of Sweden and the Welsh countryside. It was estimated that the project would last one, two, perhaps even four years, and by the time the main stock of old linen threads ran out, another idea would have formed. I worked with textiles as a designer & maker in Japan, UK and Sweden over many years and already had natural fibres, interesting threads and stories as a guiding light.
“Instead of a short project, my interest in the linen industrial heritage turned into a mission to revive old colour charts and threads. I loved searching for and finding old houses full of forgotten haberdashery, then bringing out the discoveries to other makers, while learning so much.”
I spent a wonderful evening with Tanja and was completely spell bound by the charts and threads. As a result of our meeting, we have put together some treats for you – an exclusive selection of threads for each season. Choose from Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer – or for the ultimate treat, the whole year in one Designer Collection.