No matter how it’s spelled, Hanukah or Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, the first day is celebrated on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar. The Hanukkah period lasts for eight days and represents the miracle of when the ancient royal Hasmonean family overpowered and was victorious over the Greeks. They searched and found only a single crucible of pure oil, enough to light a menorah for a single day. A miracle occurred, and they lit the menorah with this oil for eight days. On the following year, they established these eight days as days of festivity and praise and thanksgiving to Yaweh. “Chanukah” comes closest to representing the pronunciation of the Hebrew word, while “Hanukkah” accurately recreates the Hebrew spelling. Up until the 1940s, the festival did not appear much in English, but when it did, both spellings were often used. As the holiday took off in post-war America, Hanukkah became the more common spelling chosen, used about twice as often as Chanukah.
Hannukah Festival of Lights ornament – Maria Merlino copyright 2014
Here are two versions of the ornament.
14 count aida cloth navy blue, 6 inches by 5 inches or white but you must fill in the background with #312 Navy blue light
DMC embroidery floss one skein each : White, #162 Blue, ultra very light # 312 Navy blue, light ( if using white cloth). You can substitute generic colors if you wish.
Embroidery needle size 24, it has blunt point and a large eye
To make up into an ornament, either put the completed cross stitch into a frame or back the cross stitch with an additional piece of aida. Using 4 strands of red, work a running stitch around the ornament and before completely sewing up, stuff with a little fiberfil. For hanger, braid all the colors of left over floss into a 7 inch strand and attach to top of ornament.
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To begin, find the center of the graph. Then find the center of your fabric. To easily do this, fold the fabric in half vertically and horizontally. Where it makes a corner, give it a pinch. When you open up the fabric, the pinch mark will be the center. Embroidery floss is made up of 6 strands. Pull out a 36 in length and cut. Use two of these strands to thread the needle. To start the stitching, insert the needle from back to front, leaving a one inch tail. Do not make any knots, but work the stitches over the tail to fasten it down. Cross stitches are worked in two parts. First make a row of half stitches that look like this:////////. Then go back and cross them with stitches that look like this: \\\\. When finished, the stitches will look like XXXX.
Maria Merlino is an internationally recognized designer. Her patterns have been published in books, magazines, Amazon ebooks, on her own website and for Associated Content, now known as yahoo.voices. Maria is a columnist for her local weekly, The South Philadelphia Public Record, where her column, Within Walking Distance,covers businesses, food, entertainment, personalities and politics. Maria is also a writer and copy editor for Row Home Magazine, where she specializes in writing about people, places and things in South Philadelphia.