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Hramavik, Thunder Spirit Embroi Pattern


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Technique used - canvaswork, trianglepoint, jessica stitches The Pattern Kit includes a number of charts (basic and helping) and detailed instructions that will teach you how to work with Trianglepont stitches step by step. A triangle is the building block of trianglepoint work. It is most helpfully thought of as a stitch like cross, tent, Florentine or Hungarian Point (Bargello). Trianglepoint is surprising because it is so easy to learn, so rapid to work, so uncomplicated and constant in its structure. It requires no complex graphs, charts, no numerical instructions, no counting of minute canvas squares. My Hramavik - Thunder Spirit design is the result of three sources of inspiration: a Belarusan motif pattern, the Trianglepoint stitch technique and the colour palette Ice Is Nice proposed by A Needle Pulling Thread magazine. A few years ago, I came across a book entitled Trianglepoint by Sherlee Lantz*. The technique introduced by the author impressed me and I was inspired to blend Belarusan motifs with trianglepoint. I decided to introduce a very famous pattern of Hramavik, which very well suited for this technique. When I say 'famous' I mean, actually, this pattern is used in folk motifs all around the world; I have seen it in various cultures, and in Native American culture particularly. The word Trianglepoint, created by Sherlee Lantz for her book published in 1976, had no past. It was a new structure system for applying yarn to needlepoint canvas. This structure, like the Bargello technique, made available to the canvas a vast, hitherto unused, brilliant surface covering repertoire of triangle and hexagonal designs. She asserted she just "reinvented" the technique, which means it was inspired by widely used triangle and hexagonal designs in ancient oriental motifs, as well as similar American and English patchworks quilts of the 19th and 20th centuries. This Hramavik project was published in Canadian magazine A Needle Pulling Thread: BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY canvaswork SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 244 x 162 stitches 37 x 22 cm (14.5" x 8.5")

Recommended with this pattern

  • Fabric - 30 ct Prmin Linen (of Copenhagen), Barnwood color
  • Threads - DMC cotton floss 5 colors,
  • DMC rayon 1 color, DMC Lgt Eff, 1 color

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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. -- pa-belarusku (in Belarusan)