Chivalrous Combat

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With their ladies’ favors flying and swords clanging, two knights in armor and chain mail, engage in a deadly duel. Their spears and shields discarded, they engage with long swords. Who will win glory this day?

The age of knights in armor in chivalrous combat is captured in this embroidery adapted from an illustration from the Codex Wallerstein, a German fencing manual compiled by Paulus Hector Mair in 1556.

This can be as simple or fancy as you want. It can be embroidered with basic stitches, such as stem, satin, and chain stitches, and French knots. You can also create a more elaborate and textured piece with the addition of metallic threads, ribbon, fabric, or beads.

You will be purchasing a PDF file, downloadable upon payment. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to use this file. It can be downloaded for free at

The download will include the pattern, a reverse pattern, and the original 16th century illustration.

Once you have downloaded the pattern, you can print this from your computer on a printer. Then, you can use a lightbox to trace the image or print it onto iron-on-transfer paper.

The image will fit on an 81/2-inch by 11-inch sheet of paper. The watermark will not appear on the downloaded images.

An easy way to transfer your pattern is with Sulky 8-1/2-Inch by 11-Inch Stick and Stitch. It is a good solution for downloaded patterns. Print the pattern on it with an ink jet printer as if it is an ordinary piece of paper. Peel off the backing exposing the sticky side, and place the sheet on your fabric. It will stick to the fabric and you can sew through it. When you are finished, simply rinse the pattern sheet away!

It can be found on the Sulky website at and in many craft, sewing, and quilt stores.

I researched and adapted this image for use in hand embroidery. The pattern is for personal use only. With this download, you agree that you will not sell the pattern, either individually or as part of a collection.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to resolve any issues.

Happy Stitching!

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