The Holly Bears the Crown : Cross Stitch Pattern by Heartstring Samplery

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This listing is for a CROSS STITCH PATTERN, not for the finished Pincushion.

Long a favorite Christmas song of mine, this sampler is inspired by the lyrics of “The Holly and the Ivy”.

I did a little research on the carol itself, and found that it has no known author. The earliest recorded printing of the words with a melody is 1911 in “Sharp’s English Folk Carols”. A few sources claim that the lyrics originated from an old broadside printed in the early 1700’s.

There are tales from ancient British village life that there was a midwinter custom of holding singing contests between men and women. The men sang songs praising Holly for its masculine qualities, while disparaging Ivy. The women sang songs praising Ivy for its feminine qualities while disparaging Holly. The resolution between the two was under the Mistletoe. These three plants, Holly, Ivy, and Mistletoe are the most prominent green plants in British native woodlands during the winter, and for this reason, they earned the respect of early country dwellers and placed highly in their traditions.

Stitch Count: 67 x 60
Model stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct. Sand

Using flosses from Weeks Dye Works:
Havana, Grasshopper, Curry, Red Rocks

Conversion to DMC included with the chart.

Mini pompom trim "TexArkana Sage" by Dames of the Needle.

All of my patterns come with a fully detailed & professional thread chart, color photograph, & my recommendations for floss and fabric. It will arrive in a plastic zip-close envelope for safe keeping.

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Dec 4, 2017 by Rebecca Noland
This is a beautiful design! I'm looking forward to stitching this. Thanks!
Jan 19, 2016 by Lynn Jones
Love this design! Thank you for you quick shipping!
Jan 10, 2016 by hobbs1013

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