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Thursday, 8 July 2010
Sweden 2010 - some of the places we visited 1)
It would had been very easy just to sit and admire the scenery around us. But we know that Dalarna is full of wonderful places to explore and some of them we visited on our previous trips.
There is one place we decided to visit again, and that is the home of artist Carl Larsson and his wife Karin, in Sundborne near Falun, to the east of the lake Siljan.
Carl Larsson's pictures are well known, we have had some of his prints on our walls very long time.
But Karin was also very talented, mainly in textiles, embroidery and design, but like so many women of that time, she lived in her husband's shadow. It is even suggested that had she lived today, she would be more celebrated then her husband. I was interested to see some of her embroidered table linen and asked our guide if she knows what stitches they are, because I could not recognise them. Karin used to make up her own stitches as she went along.
On the north side of the lake is a village called Nusnas. It was here where in 1928 two brothers, Nils and Jannes Olsson started carving and painting wooden horses. Since then the wooden horse has become a symbol of Dalarna.
The horses are still made here. You can visit the factory and of course, very large tourist shop.
The horses are still hand carved and still decorated by hand. They are made in many sizes, and have become a sought after souvenir.
Of course I have bought some for my grandchildren, but gave it to them as soon as we got back, so I can't show you here.