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Icelandic Needlework Motif with Birds

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This pattern is from an altar frontal originally dated 1617 from Háls Church in northern Iceland. The embroidery is in long-armed cross-stitch in wool on linen tabby and the total piece is 100 cm by 90 cm. (Inv. 10940, National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavík.)

The design was worked from a picture in Elsa E. Guđjónsson's Traditional Icelandic Embroidery (Reykjavík: Iceland Review, 1985). It is 55 stitches by 55 stitches in 3 colors of floss. You are free to download the design and symbol information for personal use, but please keep the copyright information attached. See the Usage page also. Copyright 1999 by Carol Hanson.

"Icelandic Motif" : color picture, GIF file, 15K
Icelandic: color
"Icelandic Motif": symbol pattern, GIF file, 38K
Icelandic: symbol
"Icelandic Motif": pattern key information, GIF file, 5K
Icelandic: info

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