These designs are unique to Orkney and inspired by Orkney’s history. They are embroidered onto a smooth white fabric with wadding behind it to raise the fabric from the backing board. A pine deep box frame with a glass front and a wall hanger on the back completes the product.
The overall dimensions are 20cm x 20cm x 3cm.
You can paint the frame to complement your décor.
We also offer black frames.
3 different designs are available in this collection, so you can choose just one, or up to three designs, each of which is illustrated on the Orkney Collection page.
- Maeshowe Dragon
- Birsay Disc
- Mester Stoorworm
Carved into the stone of Maeshowe chambered cairn by Norse crusaders in the 12th century, the motif now known as the Maeshowe Dragon is one of the most instantly recognisable symbols of Orkney around today, although exactly what the motif represents is still open to debate. The most commonly held belief is that it is a Christian motif in which the dragon represents paganism being slain by the sword of Christian belief.
A Pictish decorated lead disc dating from AD 700 -900 was found at the Brough of Birsay in Orkney, and is known as the Birsay Disc. One side of the disc has an incised spiral design, the reverse is lightly marked with two rectangular grooves and a number of linear scratches. The design has been simply executed and it is thought that it may have been intended as a model for moulding or simply a trial piece.
A mythical sea monster killed by Assipattle in Orkney Folklore. Assipattle rowed his boat into the Stoorworm’s moth and headed for it’s liver where he cut a hole and placed burning coals from the farmhouse hearth into the hole then rowed for his life to escape whilst the Stoorworm thrashed around forming the Baltic Sea with it’s thrashing tail, and as it’s teeth dropped out, these formed the Orkney, Shetland and Faroe islands.