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Harvest Feast Mini Rug_Pattern

from Iryna Varabei
(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Harvest Feast Mini Rug_Pattern
Harvest Feast Mini Rug_Pattern pattern sample
Harvest Feast Mini Rug_Pattern pattern sample
Harvest Feast Mini Rug_Pattern harvest feast
Harvest Feast Mini Rug_Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • canvaswork
  • bargello
  • satin stitch

Pattern Description:

Belarusans believe "While your hands are stitching, your heart communes with God. Stitched symbols are a way to communicate with the spiritual realm."

A 'rug' is a traditional way to fulfill both a prayer about harvest and gratitude to the Mother-Earth. In my "Dazhinki" Harvest Feast Rug I transformed the symbols traditionally done in cross-stitch into a new bargello-style technique which I created myself.

My embroidery threads together the story of my country - Belarus. It represents the harvest of the wheat from the cleared land in the forested VALLEY. Farming is what my ancestors did. The whole culture of my people is rooted in agriculture, and all customs and traditions are based on it. All holy days, feasts, and arts are connected to the seasonal calendar, images of rural work and of nature. The Belarusan goes to bed and wakes up with thoughts about his piece of earth. EARTH, in the Belarusan imagination, is a holy spirit whom he appeals to in his prayers. He calls her tenderly Mother-Earth and gives her his best care. He calls her respectfully Bread-winner-Earth in his hope she will pay him back a best HARVEST. The main product of the harvest is BREAD. Bread has a special status in the Belarusan world. We say: "holy bread", "bread is a beginning of beginnings; is a head of everything". Bread takes its place at the most precious spot in the house, beside an icon, wrapped in the best EMBROIDERED TOWEL.

The Belarusans worship Yaryla. In our mythology he is a spirit. He brings Spring to our land, unlocking it with a special key. He takes care of sowing, controls growth and provides harvest. He is the most powerful god who governs on the Mother-Earth. Yaryla put a stop to nomadic life and taught people to take for granted what nature gave them, but rather to produce their own crops. By teaching them to cultivate the earth he brought agriculture to mankind.

Belarusan embroidery symbols represent the ancient and current philosophy and knowledge of the world. The key to the Belarusian embroidery is to understand that the geometric designs were originally pictographs to communicate with an illiterate society. Belarusans have preserved ancient Aryan symbolic scripts by stylizing them into ornamental stitchery.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 356 x 254 stitches
  • 53 x 37 cm (21' x 15')


  • black canvas 17 count
  • DMC floss, 11 colors
  • working frame

You Will Also Need:

  • patience :)

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