Greetje Hein – Country – Emblems
Country: (no) return
I was impressed by a lot of countries we visited. One of the last vacations we spend in Iceland. The big variety of the scenery was so beautiful, I was in awe every day. So Iceland is in my heart now.
The symbols I used are at first the national flag as background of my quilt.
At the bottom you see the Icelandic horses. The horses are very important for Iceland. It is a national breed for over thousand years without any influence from abroad. Once a horse has left Iceland it can never return.
At the left side of my quilt you see a knitted piece. It is knitted with pure Iceland wool I bought during our trip. This kind of knitting is famous in all Scandinavian countries, also in Iceland. It is mainly used in sweaters.
The center part is the Vegvísir: a Viking symbol for good voyage. It is called the Magic Navigation Compass. It stands for a safe return.
The background is painted in watercolor effect. After that I cut out some horses and sprayed over it. I first quilted the outline of the Vegvísir and painted it with fabric paint. The knitted part is in fair-isle technique with 100% wool yarn. I planned to felt it, but never realized it might be “superwash” and that doesn’t shrink.
The quilt has a faced binding.