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.