It started some time ago . . . last summer to be exact. I took a day trip to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin and noticed the depiction of the fleur-de-lis in some of the stained glass windows there.
Before I left the shrine property, I stopped in the gift shop and purchased a Christmas ornament of the Fleur-de-lis image. I gave it away as a gift.
I’ve seen the fleur-de-lis image before, but was never really smitten. I am now and will show you why in just a moment, but I do notice them now. I can’t say that I really look for them because they can show up in interesting places, like the craft store,
or even a thrift shop.
Not long ago, I wandered around the Cathedral of St. Paul, MN. I was taking photos to send to my cousin. We share what has come to be called “Sunday Sideshows” and I wanted to show her the art and architecture of the large church on the hill.
I’ve been in the cathedral before and can name the different kinds of marble used. I know the name of the architect who designed the church and the name of the artist who designed the rose windows so very long ago.
But . . . oh my goodness! I never zoomed in on the grille that covers one of the two sets of organ pipes in there. THAT is the plural of fleur-de-lis!!!
This week, about the same time I decided I needed to buy hex nuts for a craft project with Goodnight, I also decided to knit something with a fleur-de-lis design . . . or perhaps I should say the plural of fleur-de-lis design.
I would have charted it myself, but don’t feel the need to re-invent the wheel. I found perfectly wonderful charts online and settled on one from Noelle’s Noodles Blog.
I have begun knitting a handbag. I decided to repeat the fleur-de-lis chart three times across the width in two separate rows on both sides of the bag. I have already knit some ribbing that will be folded over and used as a casing for a thickish twisted cord handle. Below the ribbing, I have begun working the fleur-de-lis chart from the top down.
As for the colorway, I was completely influenced by a recent purchase of a lovely plaid autumn fleece jacket. I am using #4(US) needles with the worsted so I get a dense fabric for the bag.
BTW, the plural of fleur-de-lis is fleurs-de-lis.