Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen

Photos from Finland 5 – Marimekko, Fabrics, Library


Hi Friends! It’s Fabric Time!  Time to show you my first fabric shoppings, visit to other Merimekko store and library!


I love this bundle – just perfect colours for spring or any season! Beautiful mixed green for grass and nature themes and gorgeus mixed reds! That fabric on the Top brings water to my mouth! And I found few great low volumes which my stash is missing so much. These Fabrics were in the ‘pieces’ BOX – I didn’t look yet all the ‘normal’ Fabrics on the selves! I’m planning to go to search them today and to buy wadding!


Last days I have been in my town, visiting friends and went secong time to the library.

quilting books

I found books from Kaffe that I haven’t read before and I found Helen’s book! When I saw it in my first visit, I’m sure I said loudly and smile on my face: “Helen”! I felt like I almost met dear friend!

Helen Philipps

This book I carried home and read from cover to cover! Helen’s blog is one of my favourites!

Library in my town is old and even it’s ‘heaven’ for me, it’s too small. There has been lot of discussion to build a new library because there is so much books etc. in the store without space enough to have them available. In my ‘small’ town there are also few other smaller ‘sister’ libraries outside of the center.

library in Kouvola

My photos are quite Brown because of this early spring season. Soon everything will be So Green! Weather has been perfect for me! Almost every day sun is shining and the temperature is around + 3 / + 8 C.

Kouvola's library

Even they don’t have enough space, they have done their best to make the library nice and comfortable.


And now, shall we go to Marimekko? I was happy to see that the Marimekko’s department in the big cloth shop ‘Pukimo’ was as good as I remembered it! Few big other Shops have also some Marimekko items but mostly dishes and in the NEW big shopping center ‘Veturi’ there is a Marimekko shop, but I like better this in the center of Kouvola …


Wouldn’t you like to have bunny dreams?


Bunnies every where! Mugs, pillows, trays …


Did you know that marimekko means mari-dress? I don’t know from where the name Mari comes – it is woman’s name and perhaps when this company began it sounded modern, cosy, young, happy …

Addition: thank you Hannele for your comment and telling us that the name “Marimekko” and Mari comes from Armi Ratia’s second name Maria!


It is amazing that still their stripy t-shirts are all that: modern, simple, cosy, young and happy … after so many years they are still and agin so much In FASHION! Not to speak about so many other fantastic things they have in their collections. I love their bags. – my favourite school bag, over 30 years ago was Marimekko’s big white tote!  and of course I love their Fabrics …

Marimekko fabrics

These I picked from the ‘pieces’ box … prices are still quite “good”, so I couldn’t take all the box, even wanted to do that. I chose the red, the grey on the right with modern flowers and the piece in the up-middle which feels mixed cotton/linen (my favourite). But I can’t forget that with yellow flowers (very thin and perfect for summer blouse) and the white-grey on the right (linen also perfect for blouse). We’ll see …


By by Marimekko!

Thank you for joining my day and trip to Finland! Thank you also for your sweet messages! Hope to see you soon!

Sorry that I haven’t visited you so much lately, but I know you understand why.

PS. My sister found this link with funny and cute dogs and cats! Sometimes it’s complicated to use people’s furnitures!



Author: Teje

I am a Finnish woman living in Crete in Greece. Quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and if there is still time, reading and painting, with happy company of our two sweet dogs and one cat!

23 thoughts on “Photos from Finland 5 – Marimekko, Fabrics, Library

  1. Marimekko; sigh….. It is such a wonderful brand and I can imagine you were feeling like a kid in a candy store. You’ve chosen beautiful fabrics and I must say, your self-restraint is remarkable to walk out of there with such a modest collection.

  2. The name Mari comes from Armi Ratia, her second name was Maria. She actually wanted to use Armi, but it was already registered. The name is well thought out: it is easy to pronounce in any language, and there are no Scandinavian alphabets. If needed, it can be translated = Mary’s dress 🙂

  3. Love all the Marimekko fabric. It is so bright and cheerful. Visiting you from NTT. I am a fellow dog lover, owned by three pugs.

  4. I enjoyed my “walk about” with you.

  5. Can’t wait to see more. Your photos are lovely.
    We have same library discussion in our town. On one hand – it’s an old bldg. with not enough space. On the other hand is all the e-readers; kindles. Why do we need more space for books?
    Our magazines have all but disappeared here – I was so enthralled when I went to sweden &finland two years ago to see your magazine/candy stores thriving

  6. I have loved Marimeko textiles since I first saw them. So fresh and big and the colors! I wish I’d been there to shop too. Don’t know where to find them around here. How’s Nero? LeeAnna Paylor
    Not Afraid of Color!

  7. Olipas hauska päästä kuviesi kautta Kouvolan kirjastoon (tunnistin hyllyt heti) ja Pukimoon! Kiitos matkakertomuksestasi.
    T. Helena

  8. Your library looks like a very comfortable place to browse a quilting book or two 🙂 Marimekko fabric would be on my shopping list too, if I was in your part of the world!

  9. I’m really loving going on your trip to Finland! I wish we had a library in town with so many quilting books–what fun. The Marimekko fabrics are terrific–I remember buying some for my kids’ bedrooms more than 30 years ago, but haven’t seen any in the US for almost as many years. Congratulations on your scrappy finds! And those adorable bunnies!

  10. I LOVE libraries. You found some treasures there. And I have never been to a Marimekko store but I am sure I would enjoy it!

  11. A wonderful shop to be sure!!!! Love the happy fabrics!!! They are so “you”!!!!! Hugs…………..

  12. Wow, a whole shop full of Marimekko? How wonderful!
    The library is one of my favorite places too. Ours was small and old and full, but they built onto it so now it’s huge. It’s very nice, but I think I preferred it cozy.
    Thanks for a fun read!

  13. Wonderful Marimekko shop….I loved seeing all these fantastic pictures! The fabrics are gorgeous…especially the bunny one! Thank you for showing my book and your kind words too, dear Teje! Enjoy your weekend 🙂
    Helen xox

  14. Wonderful pictures, Teje,

    Seems you’re having the greatest time! And i got the same feeling when I saw Helen’s book here: it’s my friend 😉 who wrote that! Wow!

    And wonderful marimekko-finds, I am so in love with that new bunny-fabric, it would make the cutest pillowcases to sofa…

    Happy weekend, dear friend!


  15. Lovely lovely lovely!

  16. Hi, great findings on your trip. I found your blog on a list of Greek blogs. I will be going to Athens and Crete soon. Do you have any quilt stores that you recommend? Thank you.

  17. What a wonderful time you are having Teje and how amazing to find Helen’s book in your local library in Finnish! That shop looks so special and I am sure you had trouble deciding what could not fit in your suitcase x

  18. Your fabrics look beautiful! Some great choices there! The store looks really fabulous. I would to pay it a visit! Ros

  19. Looks like Marimekko heaven—-clothes, pillows, fabric, dishes. I would love to visit even a very small shop. So happy you could see many things, places. I am a librarian and enjoyed seeing a Finnish library. Paljon kiitoksia, Teje!!!
    Happy Spring,
    Anne xxx
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  20. Oh marimekko, I love that too 🙂

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