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Wearing of the Green

The Shamrock refers to a three-leafed clover that grows in Ireland. Its traditional spelling seamróg describes an indigenous summer plant. The shamrock is a common image in Celtic artwork. It is found in ancient illuminated manuscripts, on Irish medieval tombs, in stone carvings and on some very old copper coins, known as St. Patrick's money. The plant was revered by the ancient Druids and is also reputed to have mystic, even prophetic powers-- for instance the leaves are said to stand upright to warn of an approaching storm. The ancients also honored the number three, the number of the leaves of the shamrock, as in all good things come in threes. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock in the fifth century as a Christian symbol. It is also said the St. Pat. used it to drive the snakes out of Ireland. However, snakes are not known to have been in Ireland and the fact that snakes are never found in shamrock beds may have more to do with the medicinal properties of the shamrock which is an ingredient in anti-venom serums.

The Wearing of the Green stems from an historical time when the shamrock was seen as a symbol of rebellion and it was banned from public display. Those who dared to wear it were showing their support for the cause. Today, everyone becomes a bit Irish-green on St. Patrick's Day and shamrocks are a welcome sign of spring as well."

Info above found online

This lesson from the early days of the online tatting class teaches the use of the picot both horizontally and vertically and give a shamrock as a practice pattern. Priscilla Shamrock.

Copy and paste the following url addresses into your browser for more tatted shamrocks: a pattern by Marie Reeves (you need to sign in with your email address to access the pdf) see Aug. 28, 2005 photo

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