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Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern

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(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern
Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern
Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern
Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern
Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern pattern example
Bahach-Spirit of Wealth-Box Pattern

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

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About the designer

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 ...

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