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Use These Tips To Create A Top Cross Stitch Rose Pattern

Jan 23, 2008
If you ask people to name their favourite flowers, it is likely that they will place roses high on their lists. Roses are very popular, and have been named the Queen of flowers, possibly because of their beauty -- creating a wide expanse of color in the garden, and valued for their heady fragrance too. There are thousands of varieties that differ in shape of blooms, size, fragrance and some even lack thorns. Roses are so popular you cannot go far wrong when stitching a cross stitch rose pattern.

Many rose enthusiasts maintain that roses reflect the nature of life. All of us must overcome the thorns in life to achieve a sense of contentment and harmony.

It is easy to find charts and kits of rose designs; these can vary from the traditional bunch of roses or samplers to the more modern -- Rennie Mackintosh designs or Art Deco. Of course, which design you choose is up to you, and also what you may consider to be the preferences of the lucky recipient of your project. However, it is advisable to consider the symbolism of roses. This may affect your choice of cross stitch rose pattern.

Historically, the Greek goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus were identified by roses, and in Italy, a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where confidential matters were being discussed. Thus, the term 'sub rosa', meaning literally 'under the rose' means 'keeping a secret'.

Roses have five petals and for hundreds of years, Christians felt the petals represented Christ's five wounds. The blood lost by Christian martyrs was symbolized by red roses.

Many cultures feel the rose is symbolic. For both England and the United States, the rose is the national flower. For many people, social democracy and socialism are symbolized by red roses. Roses can be found on many coats of arm. Moreover, the English War of the Roses was fought by two groups, the House of Lancaster and the House of York, that were represented by roses. The House of Lancaster was represented by a red rose while the House of York was represented by a white rose.

When it comes to flowers, many people believe they have meanings. These meanings are the result not only of the type of flower by also the color and even the shape.

* Red roses depict love for most people. A red rosebud symbolizes something beautiful and pure. Moreover, if the red rose is devoid of thorns, it represents love discovered at first sight.

* A yellow rose means platonic love, friendship and joy. It can also symbolise new beginnings. If the yellow rose has red tips, this could indicate falling in love. Beware of yellow roses in German speaking countries. Here, they mean infidelity and jealousy.

* A pink rose symbolises grace and appreciation and a dark pink colour conveys gratitude. Light pink roses mean admiration and sympathy.

* Peach or orange roses symbolize fascination with another and feelings of desire and passion.

* White roses are lovely depictions of innocence. Many brides utilize white rosebuds in their bouquets. For others, the white rose symbolizes starting a new life or possessing humility and reverence.

Finding the perfect cross stitch rose pattern sometimes is a little difficult. You may find a design you like, but the color of the roses may be all wrong. The solution to this dilemma is easy. Simply change the color of the roses.

Here are some tips to help you:

* If you find you need to use threads of a different color, buy the same brand as the other threads. Threads from different cross stitch companies can vary in appearance, so always utilize the same thread brand.

* The shading of the roses will vary. You'll want to buy several shades of the same color. By having subtle shading, your roses will appear much more realistic.

* When in doubt, as for help. The employees at a craft store should be able to help you pick the right threads. Also, hold the threads next to each other so you can see how the shading will look. Moreover, don't just consider the color of the roses when making your thread choice. Make certain the roses don't clash with the material and the other threads you'll be using on your cross stitch rose pattern.

Keep these tips in mind as you select a different color for the roses. With a little bit of upfront preparation, you're bound to create an amazing project for a special person in your life.
About the Author
Julia Wigham is a professional author and co-founder of Patterns Patch cross stitch forums. An online cross stitch community whose subscribers get free: patterns, articles and tutorials. Visit our lively => cross stitch blogs right now.
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