The ethereal handmade lace created in Sweden since the 1600s is known as knyppling—and comes out of a tradition imported from Flanders (Belgium) and Italy. The technique, very similar to that of bobbin lace, involves braiding and twisting lengths of thin unbleached linen or cotton thread which are wound on bobbins for easy maneuvering. The weaving is set in place with pins secured on a lace pillow. Women and men in Vadstena, Sweden, made a living creating and selling knyppling. Each region of Sweden is known for its own variety. Today, ‘knyppla’ is a popular hobby that requires time and patience.
In addition to knyppling, there is a tradition in Sweden of making crocheted lace using a thin cotton thread. In flea markets and second hand stores, one can find this technique used in doilies and ribbon lace made to decorate linen.