Maryte Collard – Country – Literature

Metai – The Seasons

It was very easy for me to make a decision of wich Lithuanian literature piece to represent: Kristijonas Donelaitis and his poem Metai- The Seasons.

Kristijonas Donelaitis  (1714 – 1780) was a Prussian Lithuanian poet and Lutheran pastor. He lived and worked in Lithuania Minor, a territory in the Kingdom of Prussia where the Kaliningrad region of Russia is now. I grew up in a small town across the border in Lithuania, just 12 km away from where Donelaitis lived. My high school bears the name of Kristijonas Donelaitis.

The poem Metai (The Seasons) is a classic work of Lithuanian literature. It depicts everyday life of Lithuanian peasants, their struggle with serfdom, and the annual cycle of life. It consists of four idylls, totaling 2,997 hexameters. It was first published in 1824 by Rheza and it was the first literature work ever published in Lithuanian language.

Reading the poem I always feel the connection to the ancient Baltic calendar, called Rėdos Ratas (The circle of Reda), where the cycle of nature and the cycle of human life moves by never ending rhythm. Most important changes in nature and human life are reflected by ancient Baltic symbols where on a very top is RASA. This is the longest day of the year and the stage of maturity of the life. It goes down on the right and up again on the left by never ending cycle. The nature changes, the life changes, the old dies and the new is being born.

As in my other quilts, I used unbleached and eco dyed linen fabrics with no machine sewing (except the binding). Hand embroidery and hand stitching is done with linen yarn only.


  1. A very interesting interpretation of your author. Beautiful stitching.

  2. Lovely work and a great way to depict the poem by connecting it to the calendar. Very effective with great stitching.

  3. My roots are in Lithuania. My mother was born there. I always adore hand stitching . It seems so hard to me . your work is perfect.

  4. I was very interested by the story behind your quilt. I had never heard about your poet but I like the idea of a long epic poem related to nature and human life, for me it is the base of life.
    Your stitching ia beautiful, so regular !

  5. Again a beautiful and very interesting hand stitched Lithuanian work in your series. I am so happy to learn more about your country and its history. Very well done.

  6. What an interesting piece and what a long poem! The linen thread really makes the stitches very clear.

  7. Very interesting interpretation of the poem depicting the four seasons along with peasant life, their work and their customs. The circle of life. Amazing hand stitching and embroidery, well done!

  8. So simple and yet so effective. I love the way that the rhythm of life is depicted in your design and I think that your stitching is beautifully done. The colour palette and choice of fabric and thread is perfect to depict the simple peasant lifestyle. Well done

  9. Thanks for sharing the interesting story behind your quilt. The linen thread was a good choice for yhe embroidery.

  10. studiociboulette

    So interesting and of course beautifully stich as always. Bravo!

  11. Beautiful rendition of the circle of life. I really like to get to know the different unknown writers to me. Your stitching and choice of fabric and threads seem to be in total harmony with the seasons and simple peasant life described in the poem. Well done!

  12. A lovely execution of the circle of life. This piece fits so well into your series.

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