When I was five years old, my father had a miniature loom built for me as a Christmas present. It was painted bright red and blue. My father then drew a cartoon for a small rya tapestry bearing the coat of arms of Vyborg, Finland, the city where he was born. I executed his design with my loom. That was the beginning with my fascination for textiles. I still have the little wallhanging, it is now on my bedroom wall.
Above, you see a picture of it. Also, you see a hand colored engraving of Vyborg from 1709 and the coat of arms as it was at that time. Finland then was part of Sweden, thus the three crowns.
When my father was born in 1921, Vyborg belonged to Finland, but was lost to the Soviet Union during World War II and now belongs to Russia. http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/vyborg