Sofia Magnusson has made it her life’s mission to take traditional embroidery into the 21st century. “It started when I wanted something nice to hang on the wall at home,” she begins. “My roots are in Hälsingland, so a wall hanging seemed like the obvious choice – but I looked for a simple way to make my own version of it.” Skilfully made wall hangings are a common feature in many houses in the fairy tale-like province of Hälsingland. For centuries, the traditional Swedish wall hanging hung above the kitchen sofa or the bed in homes all over the country. Often, they were adorned with a proverb or Bible citation as the central motif.

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