Norway post issued a set of Christmas stamps featuring some of the details of Grandma’s Christmas tablecloth.
Embroidery is a useful and much loved hobby for many people. Some people like to sit in concentration transferring the complicated colors of the pattern and let the embroidery grow by counting threads in the fabric.
The technique of embroidering first appeared in medieval monasteries where the monks adorned their churches and
made priest’s robes. Gold embroidery was often used for resplendent bishop’s robes. In museums and cathedrals you
can see magnificent examples of church robes that make French haute couture look like working clothes!
During the Rococo period, flat embroidered decorative motifs could be seen on ladies’ evening dresses at the Palace
of Versailles. It was there the first flat flower motifs appeared on curtains, bed canopies and covers for chairs
and chaises longues.
In time, embroidered patterns also began to appear on folk costumes in Eastern Europe, on woollen blankets in England and on tablecloths and curtains in Scandinavia. The Oseberg Ship is Norway’s finest example of exquisite handicrafts from the Viking Age. One of the things found on it were remnants of silk embroidery. In Norway the art of embroidery reached its peak in the 18th century, probably as a result of education among young girls in the upper social classes. Embroidery on women and men’s clothes was fashionable then. A great deal of work also went into embroidering and edging bed linen and undergarments.
Title: Christmas 2010 – Norway
Date of Issue: 15 November 2010
Denominations: A-Priority Domestic: Details from Grandma’s embroidered