Seeing as I love deer so much and how happy I was with my previous design, I decided to make a slightly more personal combination for my wedding sampler as we got married last year.
The latin proverb reads “Once a year one is allowed to go crazy”. As I told my husband about it he chuckled and said it was perfect.
The thread is 1-ply wool thread which I dyed myself some time earlier and had just been waiting for the perfect project to use it on.
The deer has apparently been my spirit animal for quite some time.
It started when we were testdriving our then new car. A wonderful Ford Mondeo stationwagon which we later named “The Madam”. It was the very first car we bought and we were over the moon. During the test drive, however, a doe running in panic across a field almost crashed into us. But luckily it turned away just in the knick of time.
I never thought much of this incident other than “woo, wildlife!” as I was not used to seeing a lot of the local wildlife despite having lived here half my life.
A couple of years later the Madam sadly couldn’t cope anymore and had to be sent to the everlasting Highway of Heaven.
At this point we were testdriving a Volvo c30. And as we were driving up a hill I’ve driven a thousand times before, all of a sudden a doe is running like a maniac across the road. I look to see where it came from and behold, a stag standing amongst the trees as bewildered and confused like the rest of us.
As we drive on I finally say “Well, now we have to buy the car. The deer has spoken.” And so we did. And we still have the car, and we’ve seen so much wildlife while driving it it’s unbelievable.
A deer is such a beautiful animal and I really loved putting this sampler together.
If you’re interested in buying the pattern you can find it in my shop here!
So I was watching True Blood.
I’ve seen parts of it before, but I was trying to binge because there were various parts I hadn’t seen before and provided me with a bit of context for things that was happening by the time I originally started watching.
During this time I was just playing with graph paper and some Staedtler pens I usually use for my bookcoloring.
And thus the Geometric Mandala No. 1 was created. I figured it looked too quirky to not stitch and see how it turns out.
If you like the Mandala, it’s now available in my shop here
On the island Zealand there are two distinct types of embroidery. One is called Hedebo embroidery. Hedebo embroidery covers several forms of white embroidery which originated in the Hedebo (heathland) region of Zealand, Denmark, in the 1760s. The varied techniques which evolved over the next hundred years in the farming community were subsequently developed by the middle classes until around 1820. They were applied to articles of clothing such as collars and cuffs but were also used to decorate bed linen.
The other type of embroidery was Skovbo and had its only peak in the mid-19th century before almost disappearing. The referance “Skovbo” meant it was tribute to the woodland areas of Zealand, Denmark. They were in two-tone colours (red & blue) with a variety of sampler motifs.
I’ve dawn up 2 samplers with this Skovbo technique in mind, both featuring birds as Zealand also has a very rich variety in birds. The second version includes poetry by John Keats.
You can find it in my shop here
The folk costumes of Denmark are all different, but contains little embroidery. However, one of the costumes from Amager does have some embroidery on their belt and so on, which is remarkably similar to a certain dutch technique.
Turns out the folk costumes of Amager in reality were clothing by the dutch immigrants that came to Denmark during the 1600s. And it has survived even to this day as the “Amagerdragt” are still being made and worn for those special occassions.
This sampler is made from those traditional patterns and you can find it in my shop here.
In Norway there is a traditional folk costume called Bunad. They are all different depending on where in the country you might be from, or which one you might think is the prettiest. Not all of them necessarily have embroideries on them though. There is a Bunad from my county (Vestfold) which only has weaved ribbons on them in a particular pattern as weaving was traditionally the “big thing” around here.
But in Telemark, as an example, there is a whole variety of embroideries. Everything from cross stitch to freehand/crewel. In Voss, they also have a Bunad which has a headscarf which were white with black embroideries on them.
It’s from those two places I reconstructed some patterns to create this piece. On a large scale it can be a table cloth, on a small scale it can be a rather decorative pillow.
I stitched my piece in 2-3 shades of mustard yellow, because I hate mustard yellow and I need to have less of it.
I drew and stiched this sampler for my penpal who has met the love of her life. After some time they’ve moved in together in a new home and I wanted to give them something special as a housewarming gift.
My penpal and I have many of the same interests and we often write about gardening, the importance of bees and, of course, our fondness for embroidery. While I might be the stitcher, she’s the knitter. So as I made this housewarming sampler for her, she knitted me socks for my husband and I for our wedding.
I tried to incorporate all the various things we talk about and I know she loves. Including ferrets! Which was complicated to draw small and took me quite a few tries before getting it right.
This is the only sampler I know of which contains ferrets, now that I think about it.
This pattern was an absolute joy to make. I wanted to make something in blackwork, but with a lot of different patterns. At the same time it was also important that it would not be too complicated to stitch in hopes of attracting both seasoned stitchers as well as beginners.
I found it to be rather fun to stitch myself and I since then framed it and given it a place among my other work.
Feel free to click the download link in order to get your pdf pattern of this stag in blackwork.