Lennart and Mary Wålstedt came to Näbbäcksholen, Dala-Floda in the autumn of 1918.
Their mission in life was to save the Swedish native sheep and to make a pioneering effort in Swedish textile art. It became a cultural act passed down through four generations and has evolved into an industry, which doesn’t only make yarn for our leading textile artists but also became a favorite for hobby knitting.
In 1936 the current mill was built and the eldest son Lars and his wife Anna joined the company.
Throughout nearly 50 years they made significant efforts in textile art and they were awarded with ‘Handarbetets Vänner’ medal in 1978.
In 1984 three of the couple’s children Inger, Nils and Sven took over the buisness. Nils left the company during the nineties, but remains on the Board and as a consultant for the company. Sven retired in the mid-2000s which led to Inger together with her husband, Lasse Warmenius taking over. Today the factory and its heritage at Näbbäcksholen is driven on by Inger’s daughter Sonia and her husband Roger.
Wålstedts Textile Engineering AB has since the firm’s founding in 1935 produced wool yarns for knitting and weaving. Today the mill spins about 2000 kg of yarn a year and to do so roughly 4000 kg of Swedish wool is bought from a network of local suppliers.