BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cross Stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 100 x 108 stitches 13.5 x 13.5 cm Home Sense-2 is a jovial design created in Ethno-modern style based on Belarusan traditional motif called Lubok (?????). This piece is the middle panel in the triptych (see the pictures provided). It can be stitched as a separate project, or you can obtain the other two panels, too for making a triptych. All three panels have the same floss colors. Home Sense project was published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine, Summer-2010 issue, Canada. 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.