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Moravian Star of Bethlehem Ornament


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In the midst of a very hectic day, the peaceful image of the Star of Bethlehem came to mind. I grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which was the first permanent Moravian settlement in what would become the U.S. The true Moravian star is quite a complicated affair, boasting many points in a spectacular 3-D design. I have over-simplified this design into something still quite lovely, yet more easily translated into crochet! This design uses extensively the 'foundation single crochet' or 'chainless foundation' and its taller sister stitches. I include links to some great tutorials to help you in learning how to form these. "Whatever its form, the star reminds us of God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness and of the light which is the life of humanity. It reminds us of the promise of Abraham that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars; we are reminded of the star that pointed to the "great and heavenly light from Bethlehem's manger shining bright." The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. This is the message of the Advent star, which also points to Jesus, who said, "I am the bright and Morning Star." It is the star of promise, the star of fulfillment, and the star of hope." (from All of the patterns found on Craftsy are available for instant download only. Once you have purchased a pattern it will be immediately added to your Craftsy account where you will have the ability to download it. If you wish to have a paper copy mailed to you instead, do NOT order through Craftsy, instead, contact the designer directly and make different arrangements. Be aware, there may be an additional charge for printing and postage. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY chainless foundation foundation triple crochet foundation double crochet foundation half double crochet foundation single crochet SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 4 inches tall in size 10 thread 6 inches tall in size 3 thread PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Aunt Lydia Classic Crochet Thread

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  • Small amount of crochet thread or skinny yarn
  • appropriate size hook for your chosen thread or yarn

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Heritage Heartcraft
Heritage Heartcraft
~Heritage Heartcraft, heirloom quality thread crochet by Cara Louise Reitbauer~ I have been crocheting since about 1974 at age 8 when my mother taught me with regular yarn and larger crochet hooks. A year or so later, she found a bag that had been her mother's which contained some gorgeous doilies her mother had made, along with some skinny crochet thread and some impossibly small steel crochet hooks. I fell in love on the spot, created my very first doily without any pattern by copying one of hers, using her hooks and her thread. I have been designing and crafting small articles such as doilies, coasters, snowflakes and angels ever since! (Although I do confess to using patterns too!) Every time I make something I feel a kinship with the grandmother I was never able to meet, and so her spirit is alive in me- all these years later, and still use her hooks, which are now over 60 years old! I've got sites all over the web! Patterns- Custom Orders- Facebook- Website- Pinterest- Heritage Heartcraft is a proud member of the Mad Mad Makers network: ~Members of the Mad Mad Makers network are dedicated to not only growing their own handcrafted businesses, but also to helping their fellow community members grow theirs. ~Each member is also committed to the true principle of handcrafting- meaning to fashion or make by hand or chiefly by hand processes rather than machine made, being homegrown and homemade. All our members' items are individually handwrought by our shop owners and are not contracted out to any off-site manufacturer. ~For more information about joining our network please see our website at­rmation/ Thank you for stopping in. Love and prayers, Cara Louise