Needlework designs have migrated through the centuries, adorning household linens, everyday and special occasion clothing, and textiles for the aristocracy and the church. The embroideries hold hidden symbols and talismans – stars, crosses, birds, stags, the tree of life, and hearts – supposed to keep away demons and witches and avert calamities.
Download To Your Desktop
I’ve adapted a cross-stitch design from the 16th century to create a valentine theme that can be downloaded to your desktop as wallpaper. I chose bright folkloric colors, perhaps because the winter landscape is still so blue and grey and I am craving color. The motifs could be copied and used in your own knitting or needlework projects. I hope you enjoy my valentine!