Wednesday, October 30, 2013


The scallop shell is a symbol of baptism. Many early pictures of the baptism of Jesus by John show John pouring water from such a shell onto Jesus’ Head.
The shell was also used by early church members as a sign of pilgrimage. Of course, when we are baptized we begin our pilgrimage to live our lives according to the way of Jesus.
Traditional the shell contains three drops of water symbolizing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." (Matt 28:19)

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DieJakobsmuschel ist das Symbol der Taufe. Viele frühe Bilder von derTaufe Jesu zeigen wie Johannes Wasser mit einer Muschel auf das HauptJesu giesst.

DieMuschel wurde auch in der frühen Kirche als Zeichen der Wallfahrtgenutzt. Mit unserer Taufe beginnen wir die Wallfahrt unseres Lebensauf dem Weg Jesu.

Traditionellenthält die Muschel drei Tropfen Wasser symbolisieren Vater, Sohnund Heiliger Geist.

"Darum gehet hin und lehret alle Völker und taufet sie im Namen des Vaters und des Sohnes und des heiligen Geistes." (Matthäus 28:19)

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And here is the PDF "Shell (natural)" for you to download.
And here is the newer version PDF "Shell (pearls).

If you are making many in a group of people, you can speed up the process if some just do the stringing. Here are the directions I gave my helpers: Shell stringing guide

Please do not sell the patterns or the ornaments. If you give them as gifts, please always include the explanation of the symbol.
I would love to hear from all who are using my patterns. It would be nice to know that my efforts are not in vain. You find my email address on the pattern if you have any question about it. Happy to help.
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updated: 04-21-2016

I am also a lacemaker and am working on what I have dreamed about for quite some time:
the Chrismons in Lace Series.
This is a design by Brigitte Bellon. She is incredible generous and allowed me to share her pattern here with you for your own personal use PDF "Shell"

The picture you see is NOT Brigitte's lace. This is mine I had just designed and laced myself before I received Brigitte's pattern. Hers is much nicer ... but here is mine for my Advent calendar project anyway:

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