Sven's heraldry is a rhino, which was an interesting design challenge. It's difficult to make larger creatures in the Viking aesthetic and have them still look "cool" to the modern eye. After a large number of drafts I finally was happy with this guy. The rhino was bigger and had fewer smooth lines than the hummingbird, so I went with a tissue paper template for the stitching pattern. Here's the template basted onto the gorgeous red silk.
I don't like the tissue paper, so it took enormous self control to leave it on while I stitched. Here's some stitching progress on my rhino. The color palette and thread are the same set as the hummingbird.
Finally, I was far enough along to pull off the tissue paper!
And here is a slightly fuzzy picture of the completed rhino