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Ripples On Water. 3. Home Land

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(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Ripples On Water. 3. Home Land
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Ripples On Water. 3. Home Land
Ripples On Water. 3. Home Land
Ripples On Water. 3. Home Land

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • mainly straight stitches
  • needlepont
  • cross stitch

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 third 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

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • My model is:
  • 204 x 204 stitches
  • 23.5 x 23.5 cm
  • 22 count canvas


  • canvas
  • DMC floss
  • hoop

You Will Also Need:

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

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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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