Ukranian/Byzantine Wedding "Rug"



Hello Stitching Friends! I am back from vacation and taking a few moments this afternoon to post some pictures of the wedding gift I told you about in my last post. You can view an entire album of related pictures by clicking here, which will take you to my facebook page.

The wedding itself was beautiful - a long, elaborate service with an Eastern-rite, Byzantine style Eucharist (a.k.a., not Roman Catholic) and many interesting traditions. One tradition is for the priest to tie the bride and groom's hands together in an embroidered scarf, a symbol of their union. It was a joy to make this heirloom for my friend. I used her wedding colors and trimmed and backed the linen with a gorgeous black linen embroidered with a gold floral motif that I found at a specialty fabric store. The monograms stand for their names, and the verse is from the Song of Solomon; "Thurow" is the couple's last name. I am very pleased with the finished product!






I had a lovely time with my parents and got in some good visiting with my grandmother, who is now in an assisted living home. It was nice to be away from normal routines, but I am happy to be back home and very much anticipating the cooler weather and the advent of my favorite season of the year!

Edited to add: some of you have asked about the design: I did chart it out myself, using the alphabet and motifs from this book.

18 comments:

Vonna said...

Very beautifully done Rachel. Isn't it called Orthodox Catholic? I don't know I'm Roman Catholic, but I do know that there are still some people even Roman Catholic that have their hands tied together at the end of the service. :o)

Nancy said...

Hi Rachel, and welcome back! I'm glad you had such a nice break.

The embroidered scarf you made for your friend's wedding is stunning! What an heirloom you have created. Is this your design? In any case it is magnificent and so special!

If you get the chance can you drop me a note at nancystitches@gmail.com? I wanted to email you but couldn't find your address.

Sherry said...

It is stunning. I would also like to know if you designed it yourself. Also I love your new blog look. I'm glad you had a nice trip. Always nice to be back home though. We are certainly glad you are back!

Sonda in OR said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I'm sure it will be treasured forever.

BeckySC said...

How beautiful, Rachel!! :)

Thank you for your prayers when I was sick-they worked and I appreciate them and YOU so very much :)

(((hugs)))

Michele B. said...

Your friends must have been thrilled with this beautiful and meaningful gift. It is truly a work of art. I loved looking at the pictures.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

It's lovely and I am sure it will be cherished by the new couple. HAppy Stitching, CJ

Barbara said...

You did such an incredible job with this! You should be really pleased with yourself! :D

Rosario said...

Hermoso tu blog y todos tus trabajos. Te felicito

Michele said...

wow what a lovely gift you created. I'm sure it will be treasured always!

Glad you had a good visit with your parents and I really like the new look of your blog :)

Connie B said...

Wow, beautiful work!!

Annemarie said...

Hey, I missed this post! And it's such a special one. What an amazing gift to stitch for your friends. It's beautiful, Rachel.
I also love the new look of your blog.
Hope you're already enjoying a bit of Autumn weather?

Rachel S said...

That is so pretty. What a lovely gift!

lena-lou said...

How lovely, different and beautiful :-))

Michelle said...

Gorgeous! What a lovely gift!

Susimac said...

Whata truely wonderful heirloom pice that you made for your friends wedding, Its really lovely

Wendy said...

Wonderful work on the wedding tie. I love the quote that you used too. It definitely will make a wonderful keepsake from the couple's wedding day.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

What a beautiful addition to the service you provided. It is lovely and a true heirloom. CJ(ok;-)