A design featuring four baubles hanging from a fir tree branch that spell the word Noel has been added to the Stitching Cards pattern collection. This beautiful Christmas prick and stitch pattern has baubles stitched in purple, bronze, blue and pink hanging from antique gold threads.
The word Noel comes from the French word NoÃ«l meaning “Christmas” The well known Christmas carol “The first Noel” dates back to the 16th or 17th century. The song as we know it today was first published in “Some Ancient Christmas Carols” in 1823.
The lyrics begin:
The first Noel, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.