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Photo by Lauren Dubois.

For my latest Spoonflower fabric, I wanted to do something other than a basic circle skirt for my project photo. I decided to do a simple jersey cotton dress, found myself a pattern to use, and set to work cutting out the pieces — only to discover halfway through that I’d laid the pattern out wrong, and all of my lovely trees were upside down.

I’m not going to lie — there was a lot of swearing, and I may have hurled the now useless fabric against the wall and quit for the day.

Two days later, I got over myself and ordered two more yards of Cotton Spandex Jersey from Spoonflower. And two days after that, I realized that as it would be well into autumn by the time I finally got this summer dress made and photographed, I could use some of the old fabric (which was still in a pile in the corner of my studio) to make some cozy matching armwarmers.

yggdrasilrb3The print was quite large on this fabric, which is great for a dress or other large product. But I wanted to make sure the pattern was versatile, so I’ve also made available a smaller version, at about half the size of the original. This photo shows a swatch of the smaller fabric overlaid on the dress I made of the original, for comparison.

Both fabric patterns can be found in my growing selection of prints in my Spoonflower shop. Keep an eye out, as I continue to add more!

 

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yggdrasilrb1Our latest Spoonflower fabric, based on our Yggdrasil design, is now available! I will hopefully have a project photo for you in the next week or two, using this wonderful cotton knit, but I was too excited by its arrival in this morning’s mail to not share!

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The Yule season is rapidly approaching, and while we don’t have any designs that specifically relate to the holiday, we do have quite a lot that are inspired by Norse mythology and symbolism. Since Yule was an important time of year to the ancient Norse peoples, we thought we’d share some of those with you today.

Hugin_MuninHugin and Munin Patch
Odin’s ravens, Hugin and Munin (meaning “thought” and “memory”) are charged with bringing him information from all over Midgard.  Our interpretation of the ravens are shown perched on opposite ends of a branch, in pseudo-playing card style.

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Yggdrasil 2Yggdrasil Necktie
Sometimes, society demands that you wear a tie. So why not wear one that proudly displays the things you love? And the Vikings certainly knew the value of being well accessorized. So what theme could be better to sport on your own accessories?

This tie is 100% light brown silk, embroidered with Yggdrasil in earthy green.

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SleipnirSleipnir Scarf
In Norse mythology, Sleipnir is an eight-legged horse born to the god Loki (who was in the form of a mare at the time) and the giant stallion Svaðilfari. He is also purported to be the steed of Odin the Allfather.  On this warm scarf, Sleipnir is embroidered in black thread on green cotton flannel.

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ValknutValknut Patch
The original meaning of the interlocked triangles now called a Valknut has been lost to us, but its prominence in Norse carvings and decoration is undeniable. We have stitched it here in shades of gray on gray cotton canvas, to mimic the look of carved stone.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our Norse inspired designs. Head on over to the Mythology & Religions section of our webstore to see them all!

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Hugin_MuninWhen I was in London, I took tons of pictures of the Tower ravens — they were so beautiful and expressive! When I decided to do a Hugin and Munin design, it was to those pictures I turned for reference to create my art.

Odin’s ravens, Hugin and Munin (meaning “thought” and “memory”) are charged with bringing him information from all over Midgard.  Our interpretation of the ravens are shown perched on opposite ends of a branch, in pseudo-playing card style.

This design is available as a patch in our Etsy shop and on our website, and on a wide variety of items at Redbubble.

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Click here to shop at Redbubble!

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JormungandrThe third of Loki’s children to be designed by Storied Threads, Jormungandr was cast by Odin into the ocean surrounding Midgard, where he grew so large he was able to encircle the entire world, thus earning the name the Midgard Serpent.

This new design is available as a patch both in our Etsy shop and on our website. It’s also available on a variety of products, including t-shirts, leggings, stickers, and phone cases through Redbubble.

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Click here to shop at Redbubble!

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Yggdrasil2Here’s a thing about me — I can’t draw. Not really. I can doodle, but pencil and paper ART is beyond me. As a result, when I have a new idea for an embroidery design in my head, I frequently resort to Google, and seek out public domain clip art to use as a basis for my design. Sometimes I find something perfect, and use it as it is. Other times I find something that’s close enough, and use it as a guide in my embroidery software to arrive at the image that’s in my head.

When I decided to make a Yggdrasil patch last year, I used what I thought was public domain clip art to create it.  However, I found out over the weekend that I was very wrong, and that the art I had used was actually owned by artist Jen Delyth.  I was horrified that I had used her work without permission, and at her request IMMEDIATELY pulled my listing off of the internet.

The thing was, I still wanted to have a Yggdrasil patch in my shop.  But I felt burned by my Google-fu (or lack thereof) and didn’t want to resort to using found art again. So I did a thing I very rarely do. I picked up a pencil and paper, and started sketching.  And I went through a lot of pencil. And a lot of paper. And got a lot of good feedback from my husband, who frankly knows more about art than I do. And eventually, I arrived at a design that I felt satisfied with. I scanned it in, tinkered with it some more in my embroidery software — and in the end, came up with a Yggdrasil design that is 100% my own, and which I’m happier with than I ever thought I would be. In fact, I was so happy with it, that I’m letting this encourage me to do more of my own art, even when I think I can’t do it.  I suspect some of my ideas will work, and some will fail. But I plan to keep trying.

In the meantime, I really hope you like our new Yggdrasil! It’s available as a patch on both our Etsy shop and our website. I’ve also made it available on Redbubble in a wide variety of products, including stickers, phone cases, mugs, and even a duvet cover!

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Click here for the art on Redbubble!

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SleipnirI asked Kate and Lauren, “Is it too cheesy to take pictures of the new Sleipnir scarf while I’m doing a Loki cosplay?

And they both replied, “No. It’s just the right amount of cheesy.”

In Norse mythology, Sleipnir is an eight-legged horse born to the god Loki (who was in the form of a mare at the time) and the giant stallion Svaðilfari. He is also purported to be the steed of Odin the Allfather. On this warm scarf, Sleipnir is embroidered in black thread on green cotton flannel.

This scarf is available on our website, and in our Etsy shop.

Click here to buy one!

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