The Irish have just celebrated their patron saint’s day. Now it’s time for the English to celebrate theirs.
April 23rd is St. George’s Day in England. He has been the patron saint of England since 1415 AD when English soliders led by Henry V won the battle at Agincourt. St. George is also the patron saint of Russia, Bavaria, Beirut, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Lithuania and many other cities and countries. Nearly every European and Commonwealth country has a church dedicated to him.
As I did with St. Patrick’s Day, I searched the internet for some stitching projects to honour St. George. Here’s what I found:
‘I Love England‘ Cross Stitch Kit from www.sewandso.co.uk
Show your support for St. George and England with this simple design available from www.sewandso.co.uk.
The Crusaders were inspired by St. George’s virtue and chivalrous behaviour. The white flag with the red cross, which we’ve come to associate with England and St. George, was worn on the breast plates of English Knights as a way of recognising one another.
Measuring 2 ½” x 2 ½” (6 cm x 6 cm), this design would make an ideal magnet or key chain. You can also use it to make bespoke coasters. The kit comes with a chart, instructions, a needle, 14 ct Zweigart aida fabric and DMC floss.
‘George and the Dragon‘ Cross Stitch Kit from www.sewandso.co.uk
This handsome portrayal of St. George slaying the dragon is also available from www.sewandso.co.uk.
The story of St. George and the dragon can be viewed as an allegory of good overcoming evil and imparting the idea of always placing trust in the Divine One.
This design measures 14″ x 14″ (35cm x 35cm) and would be suitable for a wall hanging. The kit comes with a colour-accented chart, instructions, a needle, 18 count white aida fabric and pre-sorted Anchor stranded cotton floss already loaded on a thread organiser. The convenience of having the threads ready to go was a big selling point for me. It can be quite tedious having to organise your threads when all you really want to do is start stitching.
‘Knight of St. George’ Cross Stitch Kit from www.millenia-designs.com
These cross stitch kits, available from www.millennia-designs.com, are based on a textile by Walter Crane. While the English Knight on the right-hand side is not St George, it is still a lovely portrait.
At 12¼” x 8¾ ” (31 x 22cm), this is another design that would be suitable for a wall hanging. This kit contains Zweigart 14 count aida fabric, Anchor stranded floss, a monochrome symbol counted cross stitch chart, a needle and instructions.
Happy stitching and remember to honour St. George’s Day.