The Tree of Life - Counted Cross Stitch Pattern - Romanian Embroidery Motif

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Rooted in the Earth and reaching for the stars, The Tree of Life is a symbol depicted in many cultures over the world since ancient times. People from different areas would represent it in different ways but the core of it’s meaning stays the same: it’s the pure source of life, the regenerative energy, the link between our limited world and the Universe, a connection between our physical life and our spirit.

This particular pattern I found while browsing the gallery of The Textile Museum of Canada. It was stitched on a traditional Romanian blouse, most likely a wedding piece, somewhere between 1870 and 1890. It belonged to the Southern part of the country known in the past as Valahia. The Tree of Life was embroidered here on many traditional garments ether as a geometric combination of shapes or with a more organic aspect.

This is a downloadable PDF pattern and Basic Instructions and Recommendations that will help you complete this project. It does not come with the supplies but you will get:

- reference photo of finished decoration
- a list of what you need
- pattern with colour codes
- symbol meaning
- a booklet with basic instructions and recommendations that can be applied to any cross stitching project

This design was stitched on 14 count ivory Aida cloth with 4 strands of embroidery floss and it was mounted on a 6 inch embroidery hoop.

For the full kit and more reference pictures visit the link below:

I would love to see your final work. Please share it with me.

Good luck and enjoy,

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