Norwegian embroidery

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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.


  • linen ground fabric (most common)
  • wool ground

Threads were usually homepsun woolen yarn (natural or dyed) with only occasionaly use of silks, linen or metal threads.


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:


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.


Sources for Further Information

  • Bridgeman, H and Drury, E. "Needlework: An Illustrated History", (London: Paddington Press, 1977)