Love and Joy Cross Stitch Chart by Heartstring Samplery

Love and Joy Cross Stitch Chart by Heartstring Samplery

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Of this design, Beth says:

"The words “Love and Joy come to you” are an excerpt taken from The Wassail Song, also known as Here We Come A-caroling (or in my house, Here We Come A-waffling). The song dates from at least the mid 19th century, but is probably much older. It is a traditional English Christmas carol typically sung whilst “wassailing”, or singing carols door to door. According to Readers Digest, “the Christmas spirit often made the rich a little more generous than usual, and bands of beggars and orphans used to dance their way through the snowy streets of England offering to sing good cheer if the householder would give them a drink from his wassail bowl or a penny or a pork pie, or let them stand for a few minutes beside the warmth of his hearth.” The wassail bowl itself was a hearty combination of hot ale or beer, apples, spices and mead; just alcoholic enough to warm tingling toes and fingers.

I may not be able to welcome you in for a warming beverage, but I can send this wish into the world that “Love and Joy come to you”.

Model stitched with one thread over two using Graham Cracker Fabrics: Tea Set, 32 count and stitched with Classic Colorworks: Tennessee Red Clay.

Please feel free to choose your own fabric & thread colors. This design would translate well into any monochromatic color scheme.