The use of a pineapple as a symbol of welcome or hospitality comes from the cultures of the Caribbean, North America and Europe. It symbolized the return of ships from long journeys.
They are indigenous to the South American continent, so it would not be unusual for them to be brought back from voyages that included that stop on their route. A seafaring man would impale a pineapple on a stick outside his home to let friends and relatives know that he was home and welcoming guests.
Fresh pineapple makes a wonderful centerpiece for a feast that includes guests. Pineapples are carved into the headboards and posts of guest room beds in some Colonial households.
Some towns are so welcoming that they have adopted the pineapple as their symbol and include it in their city flags and city street signs.
Welcome to Pine Apple, Alabama, said to have been originally named Friendship until they discovered there already was a Friendship, Alabama.
There is nothing that says hospitality more than what comes out of a home’s kitchen. Be it dessert or a main meal for friends, the use of the kitchen to connect to people goes back to the beginning of man. The use of the pineapple in decor is equally long-term.
This is a vintage Victorian pineapple that has been transformed into a counted cross stitch pattern for today’s modern kitchen. It speaks of hospitality and friendship.
- Fabric: 14 count Aida
- Counted Cross Stitch
- Stitches: 184 x 200
- Size: 13.14 x 14.29 inches or 33.38 x 36.29 cm
- Colors: DMC
- Count: 97
- Vintage Victorian
If you know someone who loves pineapples, here is the pattern for them.
Julie and Blu
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