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Meet Roger Haugaard Bush

Is there such thing as Swedish tweed? From a spinmasters view – what challenges are there in the process of making a swedish yarn for tweed? Meet Roger Haugaard Bush who is a spinmaster at Wålstedts spinning mill in Dalafloda, Sweden.

Roger moved a family of seven from Tasmania in order to help out in his wife’s (Sonia) family spinning mill (Wålstedts). The spinning mill is a family run company, and they produce high quality yarns for both knitting and weaving, all spun from Swedish wool. Roger is also a spinmaster at the spinnery. Currently he is operating together with his son James ensuring a fifth generation in the family run business. The Wålstedt Wool Spinning Mill was founded in 1918 when Mary and Lennart Wålstedt came to the small village of Dala-Floda in Sweden. During the following years, they came to make a considerable contribution to saving the Swedish native sheep breeds from extinction as well as founding a small wool industry that was to be passed on through several generations.
The Wålstedt Wool Spinning Mill collaborates with well-known textile artists such as Helena Hernmarck and is the only spinning mill which can process the long rya sheep wool. Meet Roger at the conference! Register here!

Baltic Wool Conference

7-9 October 2021

The Gotland Region believes that there is a great deal of knowledge and a great potential for development around the wool business in Gotland. Partly in entrepreneurship, but also locally in the micro industries. We would like to contribute to the development of the wool industry. We strongly believe this conference in the long term will contribute to many of our strategic focus areas. It will be a visitor occasion in October, it will lead to development of the wool industry and it will strengthen craftsmanship and a living cultural heritage.

Nils-Erik Selin, Head of growth and development, Region Gotland

The National Swedish Handicraft Council (NFH) is a government agency under the Ministry of Culture with the task of promoting handicrafts. Important partners for the Authority’s work are the country’s regions, civil society organizations and other cultural authorities. Priority areas include sustainability, cultural and creative industries as well as working with the intangible cultural heritage.

Since the autumn of 2018, a national developer has been focusing on sustainability and wool issues at NFH. The goal is an agenda for how the wool issues, like classification and infrastructure, should be solved at national level together with various actors and authorities. This is done in the form of seminars, conferences and networking, both within Sweden and abroad. The initiative “Baltic Wool Conference” is part of the work to promote the Swedish wool industry, create new contacts and opportunities for further development together with the countries around the Baltic Sea.

Annkristin Hult, National Developer

The Rural Economy and Agricultural Society Gotland, which hosts the Baltic Wool Conference, works for developing business in the countryside. Lamb production is an important industry in Gotland that provides both tasty lamb meat, shimmering lambskin and wool for many uses. Grazing animals keep the landscape open and provide biodiversity. We believe in the development of the Swedish wool industry in collaboration with our neighbors around the Baltic Sea.

Mats Pettersson, CEO of Hushållningssällskapet Gotland