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Home Sense-1

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BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cross Stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 100 x 108 stitches 15 x 16 cm Home Sense-1 is a jovial design created in Ethno-modern style based on Belarusan traditional motif called Lubok (?????). This piece is one of the panels in the triptych (see the pictures provided). It can be stitched as a separate project, or you can get any of others two panels. Or you can obtain ALL THREE as ONE PROJECT for $10 from my store here www.craftsy.com/embroidery/patterns/home-sense-triptych-cross-stitch-pattern/510729 The origin of the name “Belarus”, which means “white land”, is still uncertain. Some historians believe that “white” in the old Slavic culture meant “clean, free”, pointing to the fact that Belarus was never conquered or occupied by the Gold Horde (Mongol-Tatar invasion) unlike the other principalities in the area in the 13-15th centuries. Others believe that this name is much older. The nation was identified with “white” after the folk’s favorite colour used for clothing. The Belarusans didn’t dye their homemade fabrics. They loved the natural look of their native flax – the more it was washed, the whiter it got. It was typical for them to embellish their white clothes and linens with red embroidery. Over time red and white have become part of their heritage and are represented in their traditional embroidery and used in their national (historical) flag.

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  • DMC floss
  • Aida Rustic 18 embroidery fabric

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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