Here you can see a closer view of some of the occupants of Laerad to give you an idea of the quality of the embroidery.
I should make it clear at this point that we are not setting out to make a reproduction of a real artefact here. Although the Vikings and Saxons did use embroidery, it would have rarely been used in this sort of concentration.
intention is to create a visual aid for story telling and as such the design contains elements from many of the important stories that create an arc from the Norse creation myth to the prophesy of Ragnarok at it’s end. It serves as a mind map of sorts to a fantastic world, populated by gods and giants, elves and dwarves, dragons and other spiritual creatures.
This is a long term investment and will be used as an important part of our education work
when it is finished.
Below is a short video showing the design development from the initial concept to the early stages of realisation.