Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern

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Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern Pattern


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Embroidery: Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Hand Embroidery

Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • canvaswork
  • stitching plastic box or other pieces together

Pattern Description:

"It's better to be rich and healthy, than poor and sick".
Would anybody disagree with this folk saying?
My treasure box is not as large as I might like it to be, and it isn't really filled with tangible valuables. It is still precious to me of that untouchable, symbolic content kept inside. I store my designing company's leaflets, little flyers and business cards there. Remember? - "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, ...but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also". My heaven is my stitching world.
I embellished my box with the so-dear- to-my-heart traditional Belarusan motif, the Spirit of Wealth.
One of the traditional stitching motifs of Bahach (Spirit of Wealth) is a horn, whose meaning originated from the ancient times when cattle served as a currency. Another traditional motif is a spike of wheat. Both elements are symbols of goodness and wellbeing.
My ancestors believed embroidery to be a spiritual, magical action, so stitching these patterns will surely bring you fortune, wealth and health.

This project has been published in A Needle Pulling Thread, Canadian magazine:

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • the lid - 52 x 52 stitches
  • 6" x 6" inch
  • the sides - 52 x 26 stitches


  • plastic canvas 10 ct
  • DMC Tapestry Wool, 4 colors (or of any your choice)
  • 1 metallic thread

About Designer

About Designer

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Iryna Varabei, embroidery designer. Unique ethno-modern Patterns for Embroidery based on Belarusan traditional motifs and images.

Iryna came to Canada in 1999, when she was 40, bringing her old dream along. She had desired just to stitch (meant that back home, she had no opportunities to...).
In 2005, she joined the Toronto Guild of Stitchery.

Now, she is happy to offer to Canadian and ...

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