In keeping with last week's Hardanger theme, here is a link to a post I did in the past about the star motif common in Hardanger. This motif can be incorporated in any number of designs. I know I promised a tutorial for the ship, and as I'm sitting here trying to write it, I realize I don't have the pictures for it that I was sure I'd taken. So I will show you some examples of how I've used this motif instead. A ship is basically a star with 4 funky arms.
This was my first attempt at understanding the directions I found. You'll see that I put them together to make a cross shape. To make an actual ship-shape, the "funky arms" should be on the side portions, with the star points at the top or bottom.
This shows another use for those "funky arms" - flowers! You can also see what can be done by making only half of the star motif.
I am motivated now to stitch a ship and take pictures of it - I can't believe I lost those!!!