Much surviving medieval embroidery from Norway were in fact imported into the country from other parts of Europe and Asia Minor. This was not an unusal occurance as many countries had international reputations for certain types of work.
The stitches used in surviving pieces include:
Some pieces used a mixture of stitches and materials, others used only a limited number of techniques. Below are some of the cominations in surviving pieces:
- wool ground fabric, white linen thread outlines using stem stitch filled with pattern darning
- linen ground fabric with pattern darning using wool yarn.
- Laid and Couched Work in polychrome wool on linen or wool tabby ground
While there are not enough surviving works to talk about specific design influences, the surviving works tend to be done using a common palette of blue, yellow, green and red wool yarn and white linen thread to make the pattern darned designs.
- The Oseburg Ship Textiles - http://www.medsca.org/oseberg/frameset.html
Sources for Further Information
- Bridgeman, H and Drury, E. "Needlework: An Illustrated History", (London: Paddington Press, 1977)