Thursday, November 05, 2009

Remember, Remember - Free Cross Stitch Design!

I have to admit, I'm a little conflicted about the 5th of November. Are we commemorating a religious fundamentalist terrorist or are we celebrating the triumph of democracy over those who would seek to destroy it? Or is it perhaps an even older pagan celebration - Samhain - which has been re-purposed like Easter was?

Whatever your take on it, I hope you like the design. If you would like a copy, please leave a comment below with your email address, as this is a little too big to display as a jpeg.

If you do stitch this chart, I'd love to see a picture - and there will be a prize for the first one I get! 

Edited to add: If you feel so inclined, a donation to the MS Trust for this chart would be appreciated. Pennies will do - and you can make payment via the link in my sidebar or by clicking here.

This pattern is offered for personal, non-commercial use only. Items made from this pattern may be sold on a small scale basis such as on Etsy or at craft sales. Sales for charity are positively encouraged! This pattern and the text and photos contained within, may not be copied or reproduced for any purpose other than personal use. Please direct people to this blog rather than forwarding the pattern, thank you! Copyright 2009 N M Wray


mainely stitching said...

Now all morning I have been trying to understand why the 5th of November seemed important ... LOL. Last year we saw a very cool film about the 5th of November (before that, I'm sorry to say I hadn't heard of it) and I guess it really stuck with me. Thanks for clarifying the mystery and for offering a free chart!

Unknown said...

I see no reason the 5th of November should ever be forgot...

Ahhh... Guy Fawkes Day. I have fond memories of being in England several years ago and celebrating with friends - bonfires, fireworks, etc.

Cool freebies, Nic. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

deborahinwi said...

Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish in the Low Countries,[1][2] belonged to a group of Catholic restorationists from England who planned the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.[3] Their aim was to displace Protestant rule by blowing up the Houses of Parliament while King James I and the entire Protestant, and even most of the Catholic, aristocracy and nobility were inside. The conspirators saw this as a necessary reaction to the systematic discrimination against English Catholics.[4]

The Gunpowder Plot was led by Robert Catesby, but Fawkes was put in charge of its execution. He was arrested a few hours before the planned explosion, during a search of the cellars underneath Parliament in the early hours of 5 November prompted by the receipt of an anonymous warning letter.

Guy Fawkes Night (or "bonfire night"), held on 5 November in the United Kingdom and some parts of the Commonwealth, is a commemoration of the plot, during which an effigy of Fawkes is burned, often accompanied by a fireworks display. The word "guy", meaning "man" or "person", is derived from his name.