Knitting as Symbolism
and Superstition in Estonia
Adapted from Folk Knitting in Estonia, by Nancy
Bush, this story explores the significance of knitting in Estonian
marriage rituals, magic, and medicine.
Spirit Warmers: Traditional Vests of the Doukhobors
Seeking religious freedom, members of the Doukhobor
sect immigrated to Canada from Russia at the close of the nineteenth
century. Irene Rezansoff brought a traditional Doukhobor vest from
Juliette Hamelecourt: Medieval Artist in a Modern
Juliette Hamelecourt has adopted many of the techniques,
stitches, and styles used by Flemish embroiderers to capture Bible
stories, myths, and legends with her needle.
Lenten Veils: Curtains of the Sanctuary
Lenten veils were widely used in Roman Catholic
churches during the eleventh to fourteenth centuries. Although many
were destroyed during the Reformation, some veils have been preserved.
2,000 Years of Jewish Head Coverings
The head coverings worn during religious activities
have become symbols of pride, humility, and strength among Jewish
The Buddha Robe
Shakyamuni Buddha fashioned his robe from burial
cloth salvaged from a river in India. Followers of Buddhism have
adapted the robe to their own needs over the centuries, but modern
robes remain remarkably similar to the original.
Westminster Abbey's Effigies
Effigies of British royalty were displayed during
funerals as early as the thirteenth century. The figures preserved
at Westminster Abbey are important records of royal fashion over
the past 800 years.
These mittens, designed by Nancy Bush, feature
the traditional Oaõiekiri, or Bean Blossom, pattern from
An Evening Purse to Quilt
Our evening purse, quilted by Jan Tracy, is adorned
with a rose motif commonly worked into Doukhobor textiles. See page
36 for details on how to win this elegant accessory.
Juliette's Medieval Vine
The vine motif, adapted by Judy Kettner from an
angel designed by Juliette Hamelecourt, can embellish clothing or
A Bread Cloth to Cross-Stitch
Two cross-stitch motifs are presented for this
bread cloth designed by Elly Smith.
Meg Grossman designed this crocheted yarmulke. The two-color pattern
is worked in the round with single crochet.