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Icelandic Flower Embroidery: Tradition and Family

The oldest surviving Icelandic embroideries date back to the late 14th century, with the oldest surviving pattern books originating from the 16th and 17th century. Icelandic embroidery is largely dominated by circle's, hexagons, and octagons, and contain stylized and symmetrical motifs of Biblical scenes, Chrisitan saints, human figures, animals, and plants. The unique design concept originally appeared in Byzantine silks, that heavily influenced northern Europe during the middle ages, but stayed popular in Iceland up until the 19th century.

Utilizing the traditional Icelandic embroidery paradigm and cross-stitching, the oldest form of embroidery,  Ylveig created two flower motifs enclosed in handmade basswood frames. The importance of recreating styles rooted in history, and keeping traditions alive were key concepts behind the pieces.

Othala is stitched into the base of the flowers to represent Home, and ancestral roots. From the hearth of one's own property, to the blood flowing in one's veins, Othala is inheritance and connection. A familial tie to those before us, and those who will come after; what has been inherited by genetics or familial wealth, and what will be passed on. 

Hang this in your home to serve as a daily reminder of what you have received from those that came before you, and what you will give to those that will come after you. Also, makes a great gift for an elder kin to thank them for what they have passed on to you, or to a descendent to remind them of traditions that have survived generations, and the strength that comes through family. 

Only two available. Visit the Lasabrjotur store for purchasing details.


5" x 6" 

Handmade basswood frame

Colors available: purple and pink

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