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« on: October 15, 2011 05:36:56 AM »

A friend of mine asked for a custom piece from me with only two stipulations: that it be a wall-hanging piece and that it be Viking-themed. (Yes, we're those kinds of [super special AWESOME] people.)

Here's the result!

Take it in the dark, though, and you see this:]
(If you haven't seen this pattern before, it's Thor's hammer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir)

I used glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss to make this design on the fabric before I started on the text. It meant I had to be careful when I was stitching the black words/patterns around the glow-in-the-dark floss, but it surprisingly does not show up much at all on the finished piece until you're in the dark. The floss doesn't have the slightly greenish tinge that glow-in-the-dark paint has, so it fades away perfectly on the white fabric.

The quote is from an old book called Norse Stories, while the lettering is from a cross-stitch font book I got some years ago. In case you can't read it well in the image, the text is:

In a moment the sky began to darken with
rushing clouds, broad flashes of lightning
blazed across the heavens, and deafening
peals of thunder rolled crashing over the
terror-stricken earth. Striding from cloud
to cloud, swinging his terrible hammer in
an awful uproar of lightening and storm,
Thor came rushing on in all his godlike
might. The heavens were on fire, the
mountains shook on their foundations, and
the earth rocked to and fro as the god of
strength moved on to battle.
(If that isn't epic, I don't know what is!)

The pattern for the hammer and for the black border were ones I created after looking at a lot of pictures online of hammers and Celtic knots. While Celtic knots aren't exactly Norse (there is some overlap, especially once the Vikings started invading Ireland, but I digress), they do add decorative flair in a curved way. Other designs I had thought of that were more Norse were a little too linear and were distracting from the text.

If I had a do-over, I might have done the (lit) piece with something other than just black. I can't decide if the piece looks too boring in just one color. I also would have left a little more space between the text and the border, as it looks a little crowded to me now that it's all completed.
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2011 10:30:10 PM »

This is really cool! I had been thinking of putting glow-in-the-dark hidden designs in other mediums (like t-shirts), but that embroidery floss isn't as obvious sounds like a must-attempt factor! Thanks for sharing!
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011 08:33:39 AM »

I think it looks great in the black and not too crowded at all.  The font and borders look very nice together.  Stitching the words over the glow in the dark design is a really a wonderful idea, I never would have thought of that!

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011 11:47:44 PM »

That's fantastic!  I wish I could check it out in person.  I love glow in the dark, and Norse things- excellent combination.  The border rocks too!

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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2011 11:28:42 AM »

Thank you for your comments and encouragement! It was a really fun project (I kept running in to the windowless bathroom to see the hammer glow in the dark).

I don't know how the floss would work on anything but stitch mediums, but I was inspired to post about this project because of a similar project I saw on Craftzine (http://whipup.net/2011/10/14/guest-blogger-series-hidden-message-glow-in-the-dark-embroidery/). I really like this, and I think you could do something similar with overlapping lines.

I have used the floss in one other project; I did an embroidery of the door to the Mines of Moria that glows in "moonlight." I'll have to post about that project next, as it also turned out really well!
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011 02:59:40 PM »

I love glow in the dark floss. You did such a great job.

« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011 11:17:30 PM »

I would never have thought of this, but what a great idea!

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