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This is a counted cross stitch reproduction I created from my friend and Judaica artist, Adam Rhine's original watercolor painting, through a joint venture we embarked upon. He's now given me exclusive permission to make the pattern available to you. Yay!
You can see the original painting and all of his gorgeous artwork at his website: HebrewArt.com.
"Ani L'Dodi, v'Dodi Li" is Hebrew and means "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine." It is a favorite quote for weddings, which would make this a perfect wedding sampler to stitch for a friend. The pattern has also been used to make talit bags.
Difficulty: Recommended for intermediate level stitchers, as it uses some specialty stitches, over-one and over-two and many partial stitches.
Materials: Model was stitched on a 17" x 18" piece of Silkweaver Fabrics (silkweaver.com) hand dyed Expressions 32 count Lugana (evenweave) in Tutti Fruiti, which color, unfortunately, has been discontinued. Use either plain white or you might substitute Silkweaver's Desert Sky. Other options that looked suitable to me are: Jamaica Sunset II, Mountain Rose, Jubilation and Seaside Melody.
Not suitable for Aida cloth, use linen or evenweave, only.
DMC threads are used.
About the painting, from Adam's website:
"Ani L'Dodi..." is the most well-known quote from "Shir HaShirim", or "The Song of Songs", written by King Solomon in the language of a beautiful, romantic declaration between a husband and wife, as an allegory for the love between the people of Israel and their Lord.
The intertwining beauty of love is captured in this painting by symmetrical designs reaching around each other, from the upper left and lower right, embracing in spirals around the poetic center. Flora surround the union as the life of the couple grows and flourishes.
My mom taught me to embroider when I was five, little knowing she was creating a craft monster at the time. Fifty years later, I'm still at it, beading, embroidering, knitting, and whatever else strikes my fancy at any given time.