A little while ago I discovered Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur art, created in the 17th and 18th centuries. It’s simple forms, patterns and ornamentation resonated with me and inspired me to make this little pattern with the text Bless this house and all who enter.
Fraktur refers to the style of writing in those artworks, as they illustrated their documents with a fractured, pointy, gothic letter. In this pattern I used the long S, which looks very similar to the letter f to modern readers!
The name Pennsylvania Dutch is a misnomer, as they weren’t actually Dutch, but from the Alsace region in Germany & Switzerland. When they moved to their new home in the US, they kept their language and many of their old ways. Their language (Deutsch means German) was falsely translated as Dutch, and the name has stuck ever since.
On this pattern you find a decorative pot & carnations, with a striped bird perched on top. The bird has a crown above its head, and at the bottom is an abstract pattern framing the work. The carnation is the symbol of the Divine Love.
The pattern measures 186 crosses in height by 131 crosses in width. Stitched over two threads on 32 count linen, it would measure approximately 11 5/8” by 8 1/4” (29.5 by 21cm).
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