On the bulletin board in Tille’s Værksted for håndarbejde hangs a quote: “Some people are created to be part of the same story”. Together we have created Tille’s and thus our little oasis filled with chain stitch, bargello, cross stitch, stramaj, embroidery frames and much more. A great place that we would like to share with you!
Behind Tille’s Værksted for håndarbejde are: Anne and Marianne. We share the interest and love for classic needlework, and we are happy to admit that we grew up in homes where needlework was a completely natural part of everyday life. We have been embroidering for many years and have both been taught by our mothers and grandmothers. In other words, a completely traditional way of learning the subject. For several years, we have supplemented our professional skills through numerous courses at Skals – College for needlework and design. Since the spring of 2016, Marianne has chosen to go to “The classic embroidery school” by Lis Ahrenkiel – an education that runs over 6 years. The purpose of the classical embroidery school is to educate the school’s students in basic techniques within: Counting sewing, Drawn thread work, Square cutwork, Hvidsøm, Baldyring, Hedebo needle lace, Hollow stitching, Venetian / Richelie embroidery, Contraction sewing, Cross stitch / braid stitching, Holbeinning and black stitching, Tambour lace, branding, Goeblin embroidery.
Our students are thus in the best hands when it comes to learning new stitches and methods. We always adapt our learning to the individual’s experience and competencies, so that it becomes fun to learn new things.
Our most important asset is and will be the joy of needlework and especially embroidery. The joy is what ensures our students the very best learning. Embroidery is – in addition to sewing technique – also a matter of us being constantly inspired and motivated to think in new models and combinations. We do this every day when we work with embroidery in the workshop or at home.
It was something of a sight to behold for the guests at my confirmation back in 1995. 50 home-embroidered table cards with churches in cross stitch with different-colored flower wreaths at the bottom. Embroidery has always been a part of my childhood, so it was only natural to use the embroidery to put a personal touch on the table setting on this big day.
A lot has happened since then. The style has become different – God forbid – but embroidery is still a part of everyday life. Not only for decoration, but to a large extent for daily and practical use. Embroidery can withstand being used, so why not do it?
As a child, I spent quite a few hours in my mother’s sewing room – I started by sitting under the sewing table to the sound of the sewing machine’s revolutions – slowly – quickly – slowly – I could determine from the sound where my mother had come to at the work she was doing. In this sewing room, beautiful dresses and not least clothes were made for us, which sometimes had to be camouflaged with a brand, borrowed from a pair of discarded LeeCooper jeans or the old H2O training suit. Today I use the sewing machine diligently – but not to make clothes, but smaller sewing projects I am a big fan of.
However, I learned embroidery first and foremost from my grandmother. She was a very skilled lady who understood that practice was the way to learning, so I was already started as a 6-year-old with the first sewing tasks. As a rule, it was appropriate for my grandmother to go to bed for dinner when I was put to work, then it went awry I had to either wait for her to get up or come up with a solution myself – it was good learning. Years later it became pearl embroidery, tatting and fabric printing, but it was especially the embroidery that I liked. Like most others, I started with completely traditional cross-stitch embroidery. It has resulteted in many more or less successful projects over the years.
Right now I am very interested in classic embroidery techniques – which range from counted thread embroidery to tambouring.
But who is Tille’s then? After all, the story behind the name is exactly in line with the way we have gotten needlework under the skin. Tille was – in addition to being Marianne’s mother – the epitome of everything we understand by love of needlework. With great interest, knowledge of and love for the subject, Tille threw herself into all sorts of projects, and it was without a doubt when she was doing a needlework that she was most happy! She happily and willingly shared her knowledge, was curious about the work of others and interested in learning new things.
For us, Tille is not “just” Marianne’s mother, but the personification of all the good things about needlework, and that is precisely why our company is called Tille’s – Værksted for håndarbejde.
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