Threadpainting design of Nyhavn, Copenhagen (pdf)


This pattern fits perfect in a 20cm (8″) diameter hoop. The Nyhavn threadpainting pattern is not only gorgeous to look at, but it’s also a fun and inspiring stitchery challenge for the adventurous embroiderer. The bright colours and rich history of Nyhavn, Copenhagen gives the design additional depth. It’s definitely a design you have to stitch at one point or another. It’s not for nothing that it’s one of our most popular patterns since the beginning.

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This Nyhavn threadpainting design is one of our most popular patterns and we understand why! The composition creates an intriguing depth, with the boats in the foreground, the key in the middle ground and the colourful houses in the background. Nyhavn is the iconic old harbour in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark. The oldest house on the key was built already 1681.

Today, it’s a hot spot during the summer with lively cafés and restaurants. Furthermore, the cobblestone streets contribute to the charming atmosphere. However, Nyhavn hasn’t always been an as happy place. It was first excavated by Swedish prisoners of war 1671-1673. The inauguration was held by Christian the fifth, king of Denmark and Norway until 1699. Thus, it’s certainly a place filled with a rich history.

To be able to capture the small finer details, we’ve stitched this design with single or with two stranded threads. This is because with thinner thread you have more control of your stitches. Furthermore, you’re able to make even smoother surfaces, which is one of the main characteristics of the threadpainting technique. You’re litterally painting with thread, which puts emphasis on the direction and thickness of stitches, colour choices and layer.

Considering the foreground, midground and background in this design, you will have to pay additional attention to what you stitch first. In other words, be sure to embroider the background first. Thereafter you stitch the boats and lastly the ropes for the sails. Thanks to the backstitch technique you can neatly capture the hanging effect of the ropes.

What is included in the Nyhavn threadpainting design?

Upon purchase you will receive the pattern and accompanying detailed description, stitch and general technique guide. The pattern fits perfectly in a 20cm (8″) embroidery hoop. When you’ve completed the needlework you’re able to keep it in the hoop for framing, or stretch it onto a canvas. The bright colours will lighten up the decoration wherever it gets placed. We recommend to stitch it on a thicker cotton fabric to ensure stability and rigidity of the final embroidery.

If you’re new to the threadpainting technique, we’ve designed an online Masterclass in Architectural threadpainting. The class walks you through the whole process, which will enable you to take on any threadpainting design aftewards. Thus if you feel you’d like to start there, just head over to the course via this link. However, if you choose to give it a try without the course you’re always able to reach out to us at with questions. We try to answer them as soon as we an so that you can get back to stitching in no time.

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