The HARP is one of the most ancient stringed instruments - pictures on vases show that it was used in the ancient courts of Babylon four to five thousand years ago. There is a harp in the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art that is over 2500 years old. It was found in an Egyptian tomb and looks as though it could still be played. Harps were used in both Ancient Greece and Rome. In Ireland and Wales, it is the national instrument. A well-tuned harp was one of the three necessities for a Welshman in his home - the other two things were a virtuous wife and a cushion for the best chair. The beautiful, unusual shape of the instrument is due to having to accommodate strings of different lengths. The modern harp has 47 strings and 7 pedals.
Digital downloads of each pattern purchased consist of seven pages (8.5 x 11 inches), including four pages which when trimmed and taped together make the full-size (15 inches square) pattern master for doing the applique or embroidery method of your choosing. The download is in Adobe PDF format and you will need the free Adobe Reader software to print the pages.