First cross stitch finish of 2010

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First cross stitch finish of 2010
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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 11:35pm
"A Quaker Christmas", designed by G. R. Reinhardt for ByGone Stitches, started December 19, 2009, completed January 22, 2010. Stitched in Crescent Colors (Balsam Fir, Cupid and Ye Olde Gold), 2 over 2 on 32 ct white linen:





CL for

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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 6:07pm

Just lovely! Have to ask - do you frame these & display them? Or do you give them away?

Jacquie

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 9:18am

That is a wonderful piece of work! Peaceful to look at and yet you always find something new, like a game!

Felicitations!

Nathalie

Nathalie
Nathalie
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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 12:45pm

This one will probably be framed but not matted. Since is is Christmas themed, display will be seasonal, if I can find a piece of wall large enough for it! Otherwise, it may be gifted!

Most of my finishes, however, tend to languish in a pile of other finished pieces, awaiting a decision on what to do with them!



CL for

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 1:02pm

I was just reading an article in the latest "Sampler and Antique Needlework" and it appears that this style of sampler was very common in Hanover, Germany in the early 1800s. They are also called Vierlanden samplers, were usually done mostly in black, sometimes with touches of beige or dark magenta, and each motif had a meaning!

According to the article...

religion is indicated by the presence of crosses in the middle of various medallions
squares represented the divin order of the world
diamonds were symbols of fertility while a crown over a diamond stood for eternity
octagons were like the sun
circles represented completion or wholeness
8-pointed stars were the Star of Bethlehem
florals were symbols for the Tree of Life but individual flowers had additional meaning:
- carnations were good fortune; 3 carnations were the nails of the crucifixion
- roses were for the sun and for love
- tulips or bluebells were announcement of good news
- lilies were purity or beauty
- clover represented the Trinity
- the pomegranate stood for love and it's seeds stood for fertility
animals also had meaning:
- birds were messengers between Heaven and Earth
- stags were symbols for the soul which thirsts for God
and repeating running borders stood for eternal life

So indeed, there is a story or sorts, a story without words!



CL for

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 8:33pm
Thank you for the information. It makes it even more meaningful.
Nathalie
Nathalie
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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 9:47pm
That is really nice and it looks quite intricate....great job.

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