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Traditions Series

Source of StrengthClick to see the finished cross-stitch

“When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind” – words of comfort and wisdom for everyone. “Source of Strength” is part of our premiere Traditions line.

This intermediate-level project features a repeating Celtic knot pattern, the inspirational quote and three-dimensional oak tree.

Stitchers will be relieved to find easy-to-read symbols in a full color pattern. Chart opens up to an extra big pattern (17½” x 23½”). Includes a story about the origins of Celtic design.

Stitched on aida or evenweave; DMC and Anchor codes.

Michelle talks about this pattern
Life has so many dips and sways. Our graphic-design business was going through one of those shaky, growing times a few years back when Bob happened upon a traditional Japanese quotation in a book: "When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind."

He found the words steadying, and began trying to work it into a design for Great Bear. Somehow, though, he couldn't get the words and images to come together.

Then September 11 happened. Bob grew especially quiet as he tried to make sense of it all. He couldn't get the image of the torn buildings out of his mind – "They look uprooted," he told me – nor the thought of all those torn lives.

Bob went back to that beautiful line of Japanese wisdom and found new comfort there. He also found the image that had eluded him earlier. What says endurance, strength and rootedness better than a big, gorgeous old oak? That tree is staying put.


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