This little stitch is a throwback to the late 18th and early 19th century naive folk art style known as Americana.
~ It is a symbol of the maxim, "Hands to Work and Hearts to God". ~The hand and hearts facing each other symbolize a willingness to work together with our neighbors. ~In the center the tree of life is a symbol for God, and is flanked by doves which symbolize the Christian ideal of all honest work being pleasing to God. ~Doves also denote The Holy Spirit and spirituality. ~The three hearts above the tree of life are for the Trinity, and the laurel leaves at the bottom on each side of the year 1917, denote the prize of winning heaven after living a good life and honest work offered to God. In ancient Greece, a crown of laurel leaves was given to the champions of the first Olympic contests.
I hope you enjoy this stitch!
The model is stitched on 28ct. Twilight Blue linen from Wichelt, 2 over 2. The fibers are DMC. The stitch count is 97w X 67h.
I finished mine as a pin pillow.
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