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Woman of Valor

Most of us are familiar with the verse from Proverbs 31 where a virtuous, noble or excellent woman is known to be worth far more than rubies or other precious treasures.

I once spotted a twist on this verse which spoke of a woman of "valor" and when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer I designed this piece and worked on it when she began her chemotherapy treatments because it seemed to suit her so well.

Valor can be defined as exhibiting "exceptional courage and fortitude" which is certainly a description of many we know who undergo difficult circumstances with grace and strength. The iris flower, with its three petal shape, is included in the design because it represents faith, valor and wisdom -- so is perfect to signify the characteristics we see in women we know who are living through their own personal challenges.

The design is worked with cotton floss on 40ct silk gauze -- but as a traditional sampler design is very well suited to stitching on linens. The finished size on gauze is a petite 4"w x 2"h (on 28ct over two threads that would be 11"w x 5.4"h).


Stitch count: 154 wide x 75 high (4" x 1.9")

Threads:
Crescent Colours: Lunar Eclipse, Magnolia Blossom, Mulled Berries, Wild Oats
The Gentle Art: Grape Leaf
Weeks Dye Works: Charcoal 1303, Chestnut 1269, Madison Rose 2284, Mascara 3910

Stitching Level:
Intermediate:
The larger size of this design may not be best suited for a first time project.



Woman of Valor on 40ct Silk Gauze -- click to see more

Woman of Valor on 40ct Silk Gauze -- click to see more

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