Estonian embroidery

iDevice ikoon The aims
First read the texts given below about Estonian embroidery and after that do the added exercise number 3. For the additional reading go to the last page "Used materials" and open the given Internet links.


Kõigepealt loe allolevaid tekste Eesti käsitöönäidete kohta ning seejärel soorita lisatud harjutus 3. Lisalugemiseks ava lingid lehelt Used materials.

Natural linen iPod sleeve

This is handmade natural linen iPod sleeve. It will snuggle your gadget safe and secure. It protects from scratching and dust. Outside is durable unbleached linen, which has traditional folk symbols embroidery. Inside is squishy fleece.
I love Estonian traditional folk patterns. Every single symbol has some meaning behind it. Old Estonians believed that in connection with magic for warding off evil and offering blessings there were symbols that were believed to bring good luck, others offered protection.
This one has eight-pointed star. It was known as symbol of luck and rebirth.
Sleeve is made of pre-washed unbleached natural linen. It's very durable. Each sleeve is handmade and sewed by me. I never do craft, when I'm in the bad mood. I always think positive thoughts and hope this will carry on to the new owner.
The sleeve has natural linen colour. It is not bleached. It's light gray. Embroidery thread colors are very different and colorful.

Archaic Estonian embroidery

You see some fine pieces of archaic embroidery from Kihnu, Muhu and Halliste. Most of the items are made by lovely people from, an Estonian handicrafts forum. I gathered them here to show the whimsical and intricate designs of these ancient patterns to people around the world.

Armchair "Embroidery"
Armchair with wooden armrests, textile: remnants of other furniture manufacturer. Handwork embroidery motive is a part of Estonian ethical pattern.

Baroque silk embroidery from a midriff blouse

Maybe the most well known tradition on Muhu is the weaving. Beautiful traditional costumes are woven and embroided up to this very day and still worn on special occasions. Winter with its short days and long nights is the traditional time of the year for repairing ones tools, creating handicrafts, weaving and embroidery. Of particular interest are the Muhu blankets woven from wool and then embroided with flowers. Bespoke blankets can be ordered but count on a long waiting time of up to a year.

Drawn thread work

Drawn thread work is a form of counted-thread embroidery based on removing threads from the warp and/or the weft of a piece of even-weave fabric. The remaining threads are grouped or bundled together into a variety of patterns. The more elaborate styles of drawn thread work use in fact a variety of other stitches and techniques, but the drawn thread parts are their most distinctive element. It is also grouped as whitework embroidery because it was traditionally done in white thread on white fabric and is often combined with other whitework techniques.

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