Hamsa is an Arabic word meaning “five”. The palm-shaped amulet is popular throughout North Africa as jewelry and wall hangings. The open hand has been used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history and is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. It is also known as the hand of Fatima, named after Muhammad’s daughter Fatima Zahra. Levantine Christians called it the hand of Mary, for the mother of Jesus, and in Jewish tradition it is known as the hand of Miriam for Miriam, sister of Moses.
This product is a PDF file for you to download and print the instructions for hand-stitching the design. For information about buying cards and thread see the tutorials section.
The design comes with a numbered diagram, a pricking pattern, and step-by-step instructions for hand-stitching your greetings cards.
The pattern size is 152 x 104 mm (6 x 4 inches).
Ease of use: 4
The Download Period
The product is a licence to print the pattern instructions for your personal use. The licence includes a 12-month download period and permission for the personal use of the pattern instructions for life. In order to continue to use the pattern instructions beyond the 12-month download period you need to either save a copy of the PDF file to your computer or print enough copies to keep you going. If you want to download the file after 12 months a new licence will be required.
If you are not sure how to save a pattern for future use see our download help section.
Your patterns can be accessed on the Internet from any computer, tablet, iPad, or iPhone during the 12-month download period. Just use your email address or username plus your password to log in to your account.
The pattern files
The patterns are supplied as PDF files. Anyone, anywhere can open a PDF file. All you need is PDF reader software. This is available free from the Adobe website for MS Windows. Go to the Apple app store for the iPad and Play Store for Android devices. Many web browsers can also open PDF files for viewing and printing.
Not sure if you have a PDF reader? Try one of our free pattern files first.
Tips for long-term use.
Back up a copy of the PDF pattern file to a separate hard drive, USB memory stick, or cloud storage.
Keep a printed copy of the pattern on file. If your digital copy fails you can resort to a photocopy of the printed pricking pattern.
Getting Patterns Printed
We don’t supply patterns by post but if you don’t have a printer you can ask someone else to print your order for you as long as the patterns are only used by you.
Maybe a family member or friend can help you print your patterns. Your order can be accessed on the Internet from any computer. Just use your email address or username plus your password to log in to your account. Or copy the PDF files to a USB memory stick for transporting. Some stationary supply shops will print copies from a memory stick.
Stitching Card patterns are licensed, not sold. A pattern may only be used by the Stitching Cards customer who completes the transaction (purchaser).
Stitching Cards grants the purchaser a personal, non-exclusive license to produce cards for personal pleasure and personal giving.
The purchaser may print or copy the pattern solely for the purpose of making their own cards. The license does not allow them to re-sell the pattern, swap the pattern or share the pattern.
Any card made from a Stitching Cards pattern and offered for sale must include a copyright notice with the words “Design copyright www.stitchingcards.com”.
Copyright notice stickers can be downloaded free from copyright stickers.
Any card made from a Stitching Cards pattern and displayed on the Internet must have the credit ‘Design copyright stitchingcards.com’ near the picture.
These patterns are protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties.
There is more information at Copyright Frequently Asked Questions.