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The Country of the Downy Diamonds Patter


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SKILLS NECESSARY cross stitch back stitch metallic thread rayon thread SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 134 x 97 stitches 10 x 7 inches As any Belarusan having experienced the northern climates, I love winter and snow. Winter images are very popular in our culture, arts and folklore. In our very souls, white snow is associated with the name of our country. "Bela-rus" means "white-land". What in the world can be whiter, cleaner and purer than first fallen snow? The solemn, festive whiteness of the first snow evokes in our spirits the feeling of the triumph of primordial purity. For those who live in bold northern countries, do you remember a brisk morning and taking a first step on freshly fallen snow? Have you been hesitant, being an ordinary human, to the first to trample on cleanliness, purity? It's sacrilege to break purity. Purity means nobody before you - and with every step you take, you take that away from the one will follow after you. The purity associated with snow, makes our landscapes more beautiful and our souls nobler. Snow covers the soiled repercussions of all our 'civilized' lives. In a way it is considered that snow covers our dirty feelings. The first snow, which starts winter's five-month marathon, is exalted in our hearts, felt like a celebration of First Snow Fest. Not without spiritual reason, snow is glorified in our literature and folklore; it is a source of our creative inspiration, which evokes the most beautiful and fancy metaphors and images. ...And so clearly, so brightly, a vision comes plain: Not snowflakes, but bird-cherry blooms in a shower Fly down on us two like a fairy-tale dream, Not ice patterns roses transparently flower On your window, enchantedly quiet it seems. From the poem by Michas Klimkovich Translated by Vera Rich This design was published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine:

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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)