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Ripples On Water. 1. A Spring_Pattern

from Iryna Varabei
(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Ripples On Water. 1. A Spring_Pattern
Ripples On Water. 1. A Spring_Pattern
Ripples On Water. 1. A Spring_Pattern
Ripples On Water. 1. A Spring_Pattern
Ripples On Water. 1. A Spring_Pattern
Ripples On Water. 1. A Spring_Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • canvaswork
  • tent stitches
  • long stitches

Pattern Description:

The origin of the traditional Belarusan geometrical patterns reveals an ancient history that links us stitchers to a distant ancestral past providing a glimpse of a place that we do not know, but yet are connected.
I never tire of marveling these magnificent patterns that were used for traditional Belarusan woven coverlets.
And I never tire of wondering how these geometrical patterns with an optical effect were designed very first.
Taking into account the intricacy and whimsicality of this patterns, yet their hoary antiquity, I try to imagine what way they had been designed at the times immemorial - I see my distant fore-mother working with ...a pencil ...on a piece of charted paper..? or directly on a primitive weaving loom at once?
And this way, my ancient ancestors were able to fulfill their idea about the harmonic Universe' structure, creating such complex, elaborated mandalas for pleasing our eyes and comforting our souls.
Yeah... I feel completely bewildered when spend hours and hours for just redesigning those patterns with a computer program. Thus, it is easier for me to believe that they were accomplished as they are now using high technology by some distant for ages civilization.
Whatever it was, I really appreciate the persistence of my ancestors who left us an invaluable trunk loads of those gracefully enigmatic and inscrutable patterns through the ages.

Probably their persistence can be explained with that fact that they saw in these designs the tracery of water. Water has a significant sacral meaning in Belarusan culture. And not only because it can be miraculous 'living water' (or 'dead water'). Belarusan people associate the image of a water source with their own homeland as this is the land of innumerable springs gushing 'at every step'.

The represented Ripples On Water design is the first one of my seven (up to date) projects redesigned for stitching from the weaving geometrical patterns of this optical style. The rest can be found on my website and one of them - in the Spring-2010 issue of the ANPT magazine www.aneedlepullingthread.com

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 115 x 115 stitches
  • 13.5 x 13.5 cm
  • 22 ct. canvas


  • canvas 22 ct.
  • DMC floss, 2 colors
  • hoop

You Will Also Need:

  • You can repeat stitched segments and make your project as small or as big as you wish, square or length wise