Tællesyning (Denmark)

Piece of Tællesyning. Piece of Tællesyning.

Tællesyning is a form of counted thread embroidery from Denmark within the Hedebo tradition, whereby geometric patterns are created using satin stitch over a set number of threads in the ground material. The technique can be found all over the country. Tællesyning motifs include stars, triangles, as well as stylised animals, human figures and trees.

This type of work has been used to decorate, from the beginning of the eighteenth century onwards, the shoulders of shirts, cuffs and fronts, as well as knædug (a pole for drying socks over a stove) and the posts attached to either side of the door of a small wall cupboard. Counted thread work was often combined with Rudesyning

The counted thread work of the Hedebo area is richer and more precise than in the rest of Denmark. A comparable quality can be seen in the northern part of Zealand.

See also the TRC Needles entry onHedebo embroidery. The different styles.


  • ANDRESEN, G. (1983). Bondesyninger på lærred 2. Hulsøm, Tællesyning. Historie og Teknik, Borgen: Narayana Press, Gylling.
  • BUUS, H. (2008). Hedebosyning: en verden af variationer: katalog (Vol. 1. udgave), [Greve]: Greve Museum.
  • GLIENKE, Laila and K. EGHOLK (2008). Kulturarv med nål og tråd: hedebosyning for børn og unge. undervisningsmateriale fra Greve Museum 2008, Greve Museum.
  • HVIDBERG, E. H. J. (2000). Tulipanen i Hedebosyningen (Tulips in Hedebo Needle Lace), Jelling Bogtrykkeri A/S: Greve Museum.
  • http://www.grevemuseum.dk (retrieved 13th May 2016).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 6th July 2016).


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