May 6, 2012

Angela: Crossed Buttonhole

Since this past Tuesday was May Day, May 1, my design is a maypole viewed from below. 
The pole is stem stitch and the ribbons are crossed buttonhole, all done in 2 strands of DMC cotton floss on white aida cloth.
According to Wikipedia:
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various neo-pagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May 1st.

12 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

Well, sure, that's a perfect event for this week! Your ribbons look all swirly-twirly! The crossed buttonhole worked out really well. You are so clever, Angela!

ladyhawthorne said...

It was a nice easy stitch and this page was done in 3 evenings.

Debra Spincic said...

:-)

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Very clever, really colourful, great crossed buttonhole and satin stitch.

Judy S. said...

Fun! And I sure like this activity for May 1 better than all the protests like the violent and destructive one we had here on the first.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

So many fun colors. The May pole is a fun subject. Thanks again for an interesting lesson.

Cy said...

Most photos or pics of the Maypole are from a side view. Your image here of being under the Maypole has brought back a flood of memories for me as I remember dancing the Maypole in the UK, and this wonderful view from underneath is what I remember most of the twisting and twirling ribbons.
Such laughter, fun and happy times. You are such a great scene composer Angela.

Suztats said...

Wonderfully done, Angela. I remember joining in with the Maypole dance (how old am I?) in school, and the sight of the ribbons twisting and twirling was a large part of the fun. Thanks for t he memory flash.

Peacock said...

Will you never stop dropping my jaw in awe? What a beautiful and festive composition you've created! So simple, so dynamic. Very clever to look up at the ribbons from the base of the May pole! I would not have thought of that perspective! Very effective use of the stitch, as always.

jenclair said...

Perfect! Cheerful and graceful Maypole ribbons, such a lovely tradition!

cq4fun said...

I love your Maypole! That stitch was perfect for the ribbons, and the colors are so cheerful. It definitely gives the light-hearted feeling of a May spring festival.

CarolynnS said...

I echo Peacock's comment! What an interesting perspective!
Your maypole reminds me of an attraction in Puerto Vallarta. Jugglers and acrobats hang from similar ropes dangling from a similar pole, wearing bright costumes, and entertain passersby on the Malecon. Quite a sight!