The book I ordered a few months ago arrived today, and it was a nice surprise and is an interesting read.
I was interested to read that she came up against the same problems I did when trying to research, back in 2013, Swedish Blackwork.
Namely, that the fabrics and threads that the work was originally worked in was 'home produced' and to try and replicate this with the fabric and threads available today presents challenges. There is a great section near the end of the book where she details just what results available threads achieve on different count linens. The patterns and stitching between the Norwegian and Swedish designs have similarities, which is to be expected.
Wool was the thread of choice but there is not a lot of choice out there for the fineness of the thread that is required. I think that I will stick with silk to stitch my sample and I have decided to have another go at the traditional Swedish Blackwork. But the question of the lack of fine woollen threads on the market has been one that I have been pondering about for some time.
I had planned to go to the Bendigo Wool Show this year but ill health has kept me away. I wanted to see what kind of woollen threads small producers had available. Apparently nothing. My friend Cassandra from 'Every Sewer Needs' had a stall there this year and has bought wool and spindle to spin her own wool for bobbin lace.
I will be very interested to see her results because this might give me the fine woollen thread that could be used in this kind of stitching.