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Special Delivery

from Spirit of Belarus
(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Special Delivery
Special Delivery
Special Delivery
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Special Delivery

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cross stitch
  • back stitch
  • outline stitch

Pattern Description:

In some cultures it is told that babies are born in a cabbage patch.
Other cultures pick their babies off the sunflowers heads.
Belarusan folklore tells of babies delivered by storks, yet nobody knows from where exactly.
It is a tradition that everybody favours the stork, and attracts them to their household by placing an old wagon
wheel high on a tree.
Another option is embroidering stork images on home linens.
"Honey", "Sweety", are names endearment used all over the world, but Belarusans call their children "soneyka
mayo" - "My sunny".
Special delivery was a real pleasure to design and stitch, incorporating many folkloric symbols. The image of the
cabin reminds me of the peculiar cosiness of our rustic wooden homes. The stork isn't only Belarusan favourite
bird; it's the national symbol which came from the very ancient totem.

The design was published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 156 x 99 stitches
  • 25 x 16 cm


  • 16 count Aida fabric, light blue.
  • DMC floss, 34 colors

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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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