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Traditions Series

The Wedding GiftClick to see the finished cross-stitch

Create an heirloom that celebrates the love of your life or the love of a special couple – a couple that is newly joined or has spent a lifetime together. “The Wedding Gift” is part of the Traditions line by Great Bear Canada.

This Celtic knot with intertwining hearts can be stitched alone or be personalized with names and date. Fonts for personalizing the design are included.

This chart opens up to an oversized 17½” x 23½” full color pattern with easy-to-read symbols. Only three colors are required to create realistic shading. Alternate color choices are offered for working on white or off white.

Stitched on aida or evenweave; DMC and Anchor codes.

Michelle talks a bout this pattern
My husband Bob is the only person I know who makes intricate, geometric patterns for fun. So it's no wonder he fell in love with Celtic design after reading a book about it a few years back. He's of English descent (my roots are Irish), and this pattern reflects our connection to this heritage.

The shape of the heart actually comes from a small, decorative accent Bob found on an illumination from the Book of Kells. My suggestion was that we repeat it, upside down, to create a circle.

When I finally sat down to stitch Bob's design, I found myself thinking about love, about its circular quality: we love our children who go on to love their children who go on to love their children. Even when the love starts with an adopted parent, even when a loved one is gone, the circle keeps turning.

A few years ago I was having a hard time getting over the death of my godmother, Cecile. Then slowly I began to realize that as women we're here to help people into this world and, later, to help them out of this world. I came to see that Cecile is as alive to me as ever, that our love won't ever end.

Other uses for this pattern
My sister announced her engagement while this design was in its infancy, giving me a wonderful opportunity to turn it into a special gift. I added her name and my brother-in-law's, plus their wedding place and date. The alphabet I used is included with the pattern.


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