I’m trying to expand my designs for necklines and wanting to base my patterns on period artwork. The ones I like the most combine curves and plant elements. I found this one based on a 10th – 11th century Rus sword. Making the design curve around the neck was trickier than I thought it should be, but I think it came out rather nice.
To use it, enlarge it until the neck hole is large enough for your neck. It will probably take at least two A4 sheets of paper, possibly 4. Tape it together on the reverse side of the pattern. I use Sulky iron-on transfer pens to get the pattern onto the fabric.
Remember, it is best to work the embroidery before doing anything other than cutting out the body piece.
Matching cuff and edge trim.
Found the original picture of the sword hilt where the design came from.
Typical pattern of the Kievan Rus X-XI, this comes from the hilt of the sword, Kiev (Ukraine). Date about 1000 AD.
Kirpichnikov, AN Ancient weapon. Moscow: the Leningrad-Dep of Science, 1966. Archaeology of the USSR. p117