(Please note that these patterns are shared for educational purposes, only. Not for reproduction, retail, or commercial use.)
I hope that you enjoyed the beautiful, traditional Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery patterns that I recently shared in my last post.
Today I would like to share a few more of these lovely patterns. A bit about the history of this folk art, for those interested. The PDF of the pattern is directly below the photo of the pattern.
There seems to be some controversy regarding the origins of the Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. In my own personal assessment, it appears to be an amalgamation of several different cultures. A phenomenon that is not so uncommon in the United States.
The root design of the famous Hex designs is pre-Christian Germanic in origin. It is also interesting that the term Hex has only been used in referring to the designs, since the 1920’s. They are often described as “painted prayers”.
Contrary to popular belief, the Hex designs are not used or thought of with any magical significance, according to John Joseph Stoudt, a folk art scholar. Apparently, the designs have only recently been adopted by non-Pennsylvania Dutch persons as talismans or symbols of magical significance.
I hope that you will enjoy these classic Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery designs as much as I do. I have a fondness for the clean designs and the bright colors. Very simple and pleasing to the eye. These are fun to stitch into a pillow, quilt or any other project that you might enjoy.