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Mushroom Adventures Cross Stitch Pattern


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Early, early in the morning ... We're walking through a blue-gray meadow covered with a thick white veil of mist. The morning dew cools your bare feet (we are carrying our shoes to keep them not wet) on the path to the deep part of the birch forest. We are gripped with the sweet, thrilling sense of anticipation adventure which managed to get us up from our beds before dawn for our long walk... That means - the time of 'quiet hunting' has come in Belarus. It's the time when all the residents of the country become 'mushroom hunters', lose their rest and travel from all over to pick delectable mushrooms. Picking mushrooms in Belarus is a passion and taught since early childhood. In autumn, people go in a frenzy about mushrooms; the traffic is increased by bus loads of mushroom pickers; the mouth-watering scent of forest mushrooms cooking drifts from kitchen windows; and amazing 'mushroom stories' are exchanged, many of which are... 'urban myths'... or should I say 'forest myths'? Belarus has an abundance of forests, and they are home to a huge variety of wild edible mushrooms, and there's plenty for everyone. Belarusan hospitality is impossible without mushrooms on the table, and the 'comforts of home' is defined by the quantity of preserved mushrooms. Mushroom Adventure was a thrill to design and convert into a cross stitch pattern. It's an image that strongly evokes my childhood and youth memories. Mushroom Adventures was published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine: BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY cross stitch back stitch outline stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 156 x 193 stitches 22 x 27 cm

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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)