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The Country of the Downy Diamonds Patter

from Iryna Varabei
(10) Name: 'Embroidery : The Country of the Downy Diamonds Patter
The Country of the Downy Diamonds Patter
The Country of the Downy Diamonds Patter
The Country of the Downy Diamonds Patter

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cross stitch
  • back stitch
  • metallic thread
  • rayon thread

Pattern Description:

This design was published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine: www.aneedlepullingthread.com/pdf_articles/cross-stitch_2010/ANPT-Festive2010_The_Country_of_Downy_Diamonds.pdf

As any Belarusan having experienced the northern climates, I love winter and snow. Winter images are very popular in our culture, arts and folklore.

In our very souls, white snow is associated with the name of our country. "Bela-rus" means "white-land".

What in the world can be whiter, cleaner and purer than first fallen snow?
The solemn, festive whiteness of the first snow evokes in our spirits the feeling of the triumph of primordial purity.

For those who live in bold northern countries, do you remember a brisk morning and taking a first step on freshly fallen snow?
Have you been hesitant, being an ordinary human, to the first to trample on cleanliness, purity? It's sacrilege to break purity. Purity means nobody before you - and with every step you take, you take that away from the one will follow after you.

The purity associated with snow, makes our landscapes more beautiful and our souls nobler. Snow covers the soiled repercussions of all our 'civilized' lives. In a way it is considered that snow covers our dirty feelings.

The first snow, which starts winter's five-month marathon, is exalted in our hearts, felt like a celebration of First Snow Fest.

Not without spiritual reason, snow is glorified in our literature and folklore; it is a source of our creative inspiration, which evokes the most beautiful and fancy metaphors and images.

...And so clearly, so brightly, a vision comes plain:
Not snowflakes, but bird-cherry blooms in a shower
Fly down on us two like a fairy-tale dream,
Not ice patterns roses transparently flower
On your window, enchantedly quiet it seems.

From the poem by Michas Klimkovich
Translated by Vera Rich

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 134 x 97 stitches
  • 10 x 7 inches


  • even woven linen, blue, 28 ct. stitched over two (14 ct)
  • DMC cotton floss, 6 colors
  • DMC Rayon floss, 10 colors
  • 1 metallic thread

You Will Also Need:

  • my advice: rayon thread should be wet before stitching with it

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