My love of stitching has its roots in many places, and one of those places is Copenhagen where, in the 70s, as a Danish guard marched past in Stroget to the chimes of their glockenspiels, I came face to face with the works of Clara Waever, Gerda Bengtsson, Ida Winkler, and many others in a shop window. Today these women and their works are still my best friends. (I nearly bought a house in Cambridge on the strength that the previous owner had filled her mezzanine with luminous Bengtsson stitched wild flowers....) Lately when I visited the Haandarbejedts Fremme Gallery, I saw how wonderfully timeless many of the designs are. I lovingly remember one Gerda Bengtsson wild herb panel bordered in damask silk, and hung simply as a scroll, Japanese-style. The designs also have universal appeal. Friends going out to the Palestinian Territories bring back stitched items for sale, and one of the items I saw recently was the red and white Gerda Bengtsson cushion cover which you can just see, tucked behind the curtain on the right in the top picture.
The Danish Handcraft Guild is open to foreign stitching enthusiasts and publishes a magazine with patterns 3 times a year. I heartily recommend it to you.