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Ivy Leaves This is a detail from one of our velvet Christmas stockings. I dismembered some artificial ivy and stitched over the leaves! (Not mine, but I love her work.)

The tradition of decorating the home with native evergreens is a truly ancient one. Since pagan times Holly, ivy and evergreen herbs such as bay and rosemary were the most commonly used, all with symbolic meanings that were familiar to our ancestors. Rosemary, for remembrance, and bay, for valour, are still well known. Holly and ivy were a particularly popular combination, the holly traditionally thought to be masculine and ivy feminine, giving stability to the home. -

herminehesse: “ Leaf Flakes by Sharon Nemirov (Yes, these are fabric leaves) ”

Fleur beue

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Ivy, found on : http://www.cross-stitch-pattern.net/Ivy-31-4-Free-Design.aspx

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Detail of the Alexander McQueen dress for Givenchy, Lesage embroidery of blossom and foliage,