Stitch Spotlight: The Pineapple Motif
Chances are, you’re already familiar with the pineapple motif. But did you know the origins behind the pineapple as a symbol of hospitality?
Not long after Columbus returned from his explorations with it to Spain, royals all throughout Europe became enamored with the pineapple. The traditions the fruit represented—natives placed it outside villages as a sign of welcome—caught on as well. Later, this symbol would be used in Europe and colonial America. The fruit was carved into pillars and headboards and even used in Christmas decorations. Some grocers rented pineapples to those who wished to use them as centerpieces while entertaining guests and would later sell them to those who could afford to actually eat them. A pineapple on the table, as a centerpiece or a dish, signified highest honors and hospitality.
Today, pineapples are widely more accessible and more likely to be found in your fruit salad than atop your bedpost, but they still symbolize a welcoming home. For me, the pineapple motif is a subtle way of incorporating this famous fruit into everyday life. Its versatility allows easy combination with other stitches and many projects, and its inherent elegance makes it timeless.