Friday, June 29, 2018

Writing the stitch, stitching the writing

I have been working with Sara of Tarnat-Kalotaszeg-Durabil- to produce some embroidered cushions based on patterns and techniques traditional to this area of Romania




The embroidery was done by Bodis Ilonka an experienced and talented embroiderer  living in the Kalotaszeg, a region in Western Romania renowned for its folk heritage.





                                                        Ilonka in her village


This type of embroidery is know locally as "writing stitch" The pattern is first drawn or "written" onto the cloth by the "writing woman" Most villages had one and a few exist today. Ilonka learnt to draw the writing in the 1960s from her then mother in law.

These  patterns come from a compilation of  over 200 patterns drawn by women in the Kalotaszeg and complied by Sinko Kallo Katalin.






                                    





Monday, June 4, 2018

Dancing Skirts




 Wonderful procession and presentation in Budapest this weekend " without borders"   featuring traditional folk costumes of the Carpathian Basin














Thursday, May 31, 2018

Vintage European Hemp and Linen Grainsacks

Vintage grain sack fabric has become increasingly sought after in recent years and for good reason. These sacks were woven in communities in rural Europe. The sacks that I source and sell come from Hungary and surrounding countries. These fabrics were woven  prior to world  war 2. The fibres were grown and harvested then processed by peasant families. It was a lengthy process, after harvesting the hemp fibres were soaked in water ( a nearby river, lake or pond )for 6 weeks before the fibres were broken u and then spun before weaving.

These homespun, home-woven fabrics are beautiful, sturdy and characterful.  These fabrics most often have a red or blue stripe,  less common are brown, black, purple and grey. The stripes indicated to the mill the owners of the grain bought for milling. Sometimes embroidered monograms were also added

You can see how some of these fabrics have been used on my pinterest here










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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sack sale


We are moving warehouse in mid April and trying to lessen the load. We are offering a 20% discount on all grainsacks, grain sack cushions and fillers purchased with cushion covers. To claim your discount enter the code sacksale at the checkoutwww.parna.co.uk





Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Slovakian Indigo dye

These photos were taken at an exhibition of Slovakia blue dye at ULUV in Kosice, Slovakia September 2017

                                                     early 20th century bodice and skirt




                                                              indigo dyed bodice



                                                               traditional printing block







                                                traditional patterns in regions of Slovakia



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Vintage linen images


 We are looking for your images!


Have you made or upholstered something from our vintage linen? Do you have an image of a parna item in situ? If so I would love to hear from you. Images may be published on social media. All shared images will receive a free vintage linen tea towel and an embroidered heart. Top 3 images will receive their choice of a vintage grain sack cushion, embroidered heart cushion or bespoke embroidered cushion. Winners announced 4 August. Please send images to kath@parna.co.uk.



Cushion cover from Kalotaszeg

Indigo dyed vintage linen table cloth

Matyo cushion cover

Cushion cover from Romanian woven fabric

Cushion covers from Kalotaszeg