The nights aroung midsummer are short and white. People who are not used to the midnight sun have challenges sleeping, as the dusk lasts only two-three hours. Some people, still today, collect seven different flowers on Midsummer eve, and put them under their pillow. The (wo)man who appears in the dream will be the future spouse! How romantic Midsummer magic! Nevertheless, nature loves the sun and those blooming meadows create plenty of inspiration for floral patterns.
To honor the blooming flowers and midnight sun, we digged our archives for the oldies and goldies of our floral patterns. Enjoy!
Ammi Lahtinen’s Lilac pattern is inspired by the wonderful full bloom of lilac flowers.
Miira Zukale’s pattern Silva has details from forest in it: “Walking in a forest is one of my favourite things to do. I love to wonder around in peace and stop to watch all the visually interesting plants and flower. Silva pattern brings together many interesting details from a forest.”
Ammi Lahtinen describes her pattern Hetki as follows: “Hetki means a moment in Finnish and the pattern presents a field of small flowers. The inspiration for the name comes from the theme Scandinavian stillness, that reminds me of moments in restful surroundings. ”
Miira Zukale made the pattern Alchemilla by painting dots with ink. “Alchemillas secrete water droplets on their surface. Some people believe those droplets have mythical forces. The name Alchemilla refers to alchemy.”
“When walking in swamp areas in Midsummer time, the first strong scents tell you that Northern Labrador Tea has started to bloom. That scent is strong and ecstatic – I really could not imagine summers without it. Suopursu is the Finnish name for Northern Labrador Tea and also the name of this pattern.” says Tanja Kallio, designer of Suopursu pattern.
“Peony is the queen of the garden. In our yard they are white and pink, they are so big and beautiful. And peonys always reminds me of my grandmother.”, explains Noora Hattunen of her Peony pattern.
Inspiration from the Finnish nature made Hanna Ruusulampi to draw her Köynnös patterns with roses and butterflies.
Last but not least – Maria Tolvanen’s Seitsemän kukkaa – the modern answer to Midsummer magic. You could just use a pillowcase with a pattern with seven flowers and dream about your spouse-to-be – without the effort of picking up flowers!