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Harvest Feast Mini Rug_Pattern

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  • Satin Stitch

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Belarusans believe "While your hands are stitching, your heart communes with God. Stitched symbols are a way to communicate with the spiritual realm." A 'rug' is a traditional way to fulfill both a prayer about harvest and gratitude to the Mother-Earth. In my "Dazhinki" Harvest Feast Rug I transformed the symbols traditionally done in cross-stitch into a new bargello-style technique which I created myself. My embroidery threads together the story of my country - Belarus. It represents the harvest of the wheat from the cleared land in the forested VALLEY. Farming is what my ancestors did. The whole culture of my people is rooted in agriculture, and all customs and traditions are based on it. All holy days, feasts, and arts are connected to the seasonal calendar, images of rural work and of nature. The Belarusan goes to bed and wakes up with thoughts about his piece of earth. EARTH, in the Belarusan imagination, is a holy spirit whom he appeals to in his prayers. He calls her tenderly Mother-Earth and gives her his best care. He calls her respectfully Bread-winner-Earth in his hope she will pay him back a best HARVEST. The main product of the harvest is BREAD. Bread has a special status in the Belarusan world. We say: "holy bread", "bread is a beginning of beginnings; is a head of everything". Bread takes its place at the most precious spot in the house, beside an icon, wrapped in the best EMBROIDERED TOWEL. The Belarusans worship Yaryla. In our mythology he is a spirit. He brings Spring to our land, unlocking it with a special key. He takes care of sowing, controls growth and provides harvest. He is the most powerful god who governs on the Mother-Earth. Yaryla put a stop to nomadic life and taught people to take for granted what nature gave them, but rather to produce their own crops. By teaching them to cultivate the earth he brought agriculture to mankind. Belarusan embroidery symbols represent the ancient and current philosophy and knowledge of the world. The key to the Belarusian embroidery is to understand that the geometric designs were originally pictographs to communicate with an illiterate society. Belarusans have preserved ancient Aryan symbolic scripts by stylizing them into ornamental stitchery. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY canvaswork bargello satin stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 356 x 254 stitches 53 x 37 cm (21' x 15')

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Spirit of Belarus
Take a journey and learn about Belarusan spirituality while immersing yourself in Belarusan folk wisdom. According to Belarusan beliefs, when you feel a need to commune with God there are three ways to ensure your prayers are heard. First, you can go to church and pray. You can also light a candle and pray. Lastly, you can embroider while meditating on your prayer, for doing embroidery is communicating with God. Belarusans have preserved ancient Aryan symbolic scripts by transforming them into ornamental stitchery. For generations they have passed on the traditions, symbols and wisdom of their grandmothers. They still believe the adage, "While your hands are stitching, your heart communes with God. Stitched symbols are a way to communicate with the spiritual realm." 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 dream along. She had desired just to stitch (meant that back home, she had no opportunities. In 2005, she joined the Toronto Guild of Stitchery. Now, she is happy to offer to Canadian and American stitchers her own designs. All of them are based on Belarusan traditional ornamental motifs or on Belarusan images. Iryna tries to transform the traditional patterns into modern designs enriched with diversity of stitching techniques. "I work in different techniques, with different colours, but I still think Belarusan", she says. In a country rich from the stitching traditions of many nations, needleworkers can now try their needles at stitching a piece inspired by the traditions of Belarusan needlework and to include it in the mosaic of Canadian stitching styles. Iryna Varabei's work has been regularly published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine and displayed at the Creative Festival in Toronto. www.ivarabei.wix.com/spiritofbelarus www.facebook.com/SoB.designs http://spiritofbelarus.blogspot.ca -- pa-belarusku (in Belarusan) ivarabei@yahoo.ca