I altered the pattern used for my Babuska Dolls to accommodate the Franciscan habit. I decided to make St. Francis and St. Clare because they both wear hoods, and for that reason it would be easy to adapt the doll pattern to suit their individual looks. Also, how could I resist sewing this dynamic duo?
St. Francis is usually depicted surrounded by his critter friends. He would recite the Word of God to the birds and the fishes reminding them to praise and love their Creator. Francis often gave the animals a blessing, making the sign of the cross over them.
|I was going to sew a bird to his shoulder but then decided a squirrel would be much cuter.|
St. Clare had a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. In 1241, the city of Assisi was under attack by the Saracens. The nuns were struck with fear because their convent was located outside the walls. St. Clare took the monstrance with the consecrated host and confronted the attackers. The Saracens, upon seeing the monstrance, experienced a terrible wave of fear and they fled.
The bottom of the saint feltie dolls have their initials with a cross in the middle.
|Initials "S" and "C" for St. Clare|
Both St. Francis and St. Clare wear a knotted belt around their waist which symbolizes their desire to be girded with Christ. The three knots signify the vows they made: poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Stay tuned for more saint felties! Have any suggestions about which saint I should do next?