Thyra and I sat down and looked for inspiration. Off the bat, we decided that a group of people learning how to do German Brickwork stitch was not going to happen (because we like our friends and want to stay friends with them).
We stumbled upon this lady's blog in searching for inspiration: http://medievalartcraft.blogspot.com/2012_03_01_archive.html There are lovely examples of her inspiration of polychrome tiles from a church in Burgendy. More google searching led to information of this being a thing in various portions of Europe.
In Slovinia - http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Slovakia/West/Bratislavsky/Bratislava/photo1450819.htm
In France - http://www.france-voyage.com/travel-photos/photos-brou-royal-monastery-2112.htm. We also liked this from Kathy's blog - http://medievalartcraft.blogspot.com/2010/03/brick-stitch-pattern-20.html
In Germany (out of period restoration) - http://jsah.ucpress.edu/content/7/4/466. You need a subscription for the article, but a google search of the church will yield some nice pictures.
In Vienna - http://www.stephanskirche.at/. St Stephan's Cathedral roof is wonderful.
|St Stephan's Cathedral. Vienna, Austria|
|Feilinn and Thyra get sketchy and toy with different ideas for trim! You can see we started off with a comet theme since no one wanted to embroider unicorns.|
Here is my work for one of the sleeves of the purple silk over tunic.
|One done. You can see the pattern traced out on the plastic medium as a guide.|
|Two of four done for the sleeve.|
|All four done. My husband's truck keys inadvertently provided for scale.|