I’m still working on research on Rus sewing techniques and embroidery methods, especially those not gilt or bead. From what I’ve learned, it is different from the contemporary techniques we’ve found in western Scandinavian lands. Not sure if I would call it more complex, but it certainly has a level of complexity I did not expect to find in 10th and 11th century textiles.
Until I can gather my notes into more writing, I’m still working on my Viking and Rus designs for use in embroidery. You know how I love the combination of curves and geometric figures. This one is inspired by a pattern Sue Margeson’s book on “The Vikings in Norfolk.”