This is our first Infinity Book- a book of Bridegrooms’ Hearts. It has been a twinkle in my eye for some years, since first I learnt about the custom in Sweden of embroidering hearts on brudgumsskjortor - bridegrooms’ shirts. These hearts were often stitched by the bride-to-be, sometimes in the summer in the pastures, and long before she knew to whom she would be married. Mothers of the bride-to-be have also been known to stitch the shirts on behalf of daughters yet-to-be-born. It goes almost without saying that, because the bridegroom was nearly always unknown when it was made, the shirt was amply tailored so that there would be next to no man it could not fit!
The bride continued to wear her wedding clothes after the wedding, without the trimmings. But the bridegroom’s shirt was taken off, carefully folded and stored away, never to be worn save on one more occcasion. His shirt with all the hours spent on its stitching was worn once only, at the wedding, and then, it was never worn by him in his lifetime. It was put away and stored against the time of his death, when it was brought out again to dress him for his burial. It was believed that not only the body would be resurrected, but also the shirt itself of those who had never broken their wedding vows. Should his first wife die and the man engage in marriage again, then his first shirt had to be destroyed upon the eve of his second wedding. It is for these reasons that few brudgumsskjortor survive today to be admired. It is possible that in times of famine or epidemic, the burying in brudgumsskjortor may have been overlooked.
This is our first Infinity Book and it contains 11 designs for Bridegrooms Hearts together with background information and licensed images of Bridegrooms' Shirts from Nordisksa Museet in Stockholm. In addition to the Infinity Book download, there is a separate charted pdf of all the patterns with additional alphabet, nubers and borders from Dalarna, Sweden. And if that were not all, those of you with cross Stitch designer have the bonus editable jgg file for use with Cross Stitch Designer. Just click here to browse some pages of the book or purchase. If you don't yet have Cross Stitch Designer, click here to purchase it now for $20 - it comes with editable charts for the Beatrix Potter and Mary Wigham samplers ready for you to start to enjoy.
My gratitude goes Caroline Seldon and Beryl Lawrence without whose inspiration and enthusiasm this would not have been possible. And many thanks to Erica Uten for her awsome stitching which you can see on the front page of the book. Take a bow, all of you!