Norse Applique Tutorial

This past weekend, we went to Castle Wars outside of Atlanta, and had our first big Meridian camping event. We had a wonderful time, met great people, and I got to teach a class about Norse applique. I’m so grateful to the people who came to take it – and I had a great time teaching! Download the tutorial on Norse Applique by Penelope de Bourbon.


This is one of those things that’s stunning and everyone loves, but they think it’s much harder to do than it actually is. I’ve taught a few people to do it before the class, and I wanted to cover common challenges people have, like translating designs or finding good materials to work with. Because of that, I wound up with a 12 page tutorial that people can download. It covers the basic history, how to do it, design sourcing and translation into the applique medium, sourcing materials, easy dyeing methods, working with challenging fabrics like silk and linen, stitch choices, and more! This is a great thing to do because it makes a huge visual impact and can be done pretty mindlessly in front of the TV once your pieces are cut out.

I hope you all enjoy it. If there’s something you want to see added into it or have any questions, please let me know.

3 thoughts on “Norse Applique Tutorial

  1. I just wanted to thank you for the tutorial on applique! It was very helpful! I do have a question. I have been looking for the Celtic Embroidery book that you mentioned and I cant seem to find it anywhere. Do you have any recommendations on where I can find it?
    Thank you!

    1. It’s out of print. 🙁 Your best bet is to dig around online or maybe see on some of the SCA embroidery lists whether or not someone would sell you theirs.

      1. Check ABE Books online. It’s a nationwide database for used bookstores to help us find rare and out-of-print materials.

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