I have finished another section on my Whitework Sampler, this time in Naversom, which is a traditional technique from Sweden. I love doing this type of embroidery because it works up very quickly, and has a delightful lacy effect, although it is not as fine as many other styles of lacy embroidery.
The first step is to withdraw threads to make a grid – the pattern is to withdraw 2 threads, leave 3, withdraw 2 etc. When making things like doilies or mats, it is quick and easy to simply pull the threads right out, but as I am insetting this within my sampler, I had to weave each cut end under a few threads to secure it – what a pain!
There are 4 stitches in Naversom – darning, diagonal, goose-eye and ground. Here, I have worked the darning stitches around the outside, diagonals to outline the central motif, and goose-eyes within the central motif. Only the Grounds to go. (This picture shows the wrong side of the work – the front hasn’t been revealed yet. See below).
All is revealed…
One of the features of Naversom which makes it different to pretty well every other embroidery technique, is that it is worked from the wrong side. The fabric is pinned to a solid board, and the needle slides across the board under the grid threads, there are no stab stitches. That means of course, that you cannot see the front until you unpin it from the board!! Originally, I believe, the embroidery was pinned to birch bark, which could be rolled up with the work attached. These days it is easier to use the boards that decorated cakes are put on – they are already covered in foil and pins or thumbtacks go it easily.
I have some sections marked out for pulled fabric, and some more drawn thread, but I would like a couple more techniques to include as well.
So far I have done, or have planned:
Can you suggest some other whitework techniques for me to include?