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The origin of the traditional Belarusan geometrical patterns reveals an ancient history that links us stitchers to a distant ancestral past providing a glimpse of a place that we do not know, but yet are connected. ----------------------- I never tire of marveling these magnificent patterns that were used for traditional Belarusan woven coverlets. And I never tire of wondering how these geometrical patterns with an optical effect were designed very first. Taking into account the intricacy and whimsicality of this patterns, yet their hoary antiquity, I try to imagine what way they had been designed at the times immemorial - I see my distant fore-mother working with ...a pencil ...on a piece of charted paper..? or directly on a primitive weaving loom at once? And this way, my ancient ancestors were able to fulfill their idea about the harmonic Universe' structure, creating such complex, elaborated mandalas for pleasing our eyes and comforting our souls. Yeah... I feel completely bewildered when spend hours and hours for just redesigning those patterns with a computer program. Thus, it is easier for me to believe that they were accomplished as they are now using high technology by some distant for ages civilization. Whatever it was, I really appreciate the persistence of my ancestors who left us an invaluable trunk loads of those gracefully enigmatic and inscrutable patterns through the ages. Probably their persistence can be explained with that fact that they saw in these designs the tracery of water. Water has a significant sacral meaning in Belarusan culture. And not only because it can be miraculous 'living water' (or 'dead water'). Belarusan people associate the image of a water source with their own homeland as this is the land of innumerable springs gushing 'at every step'. The represented Ripples On Water design is the third one of my seven (up to date) projects redesigned for stitching from the weaving geometrical patterns of this optical style. The rest can be found on my website and one of them - in the Spring-2010 issue of the ANPT magazine BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY mainly straight stitches needlepont cross stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS My model is: 204 x 204 stitches 23.5 x 23.5 cm 22 count canvas

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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)