|Handmade fabric hearts by Celia Barbieri|
We all know that giving our heart to someone in love means to hand over one's existence to another but how did the symbol of a heart become connected with love?
During the 12th century people did not know that the heart actually circulated blood inside the human body. In those days when a person's heart beat fast if they were excited or upset, they believed that the heart was speaking to them - in other words that it was the seat of emotions and feelings. Poets romanticized this idea of the heart being the source of one's emotions and over time the heart and love became intertwined in people's minds.
|Stained glass hearts by Stacey Betts.|
You can carry on this tradition of giving your heart or a symbol of it with a variety of different handmade hearts from our Gallery. Glass hearts, fabric hearts or even large wooden hearts make the perfect gift for your Valentine. Fabric artist Leslie Bowman offers several colors in her lovely quilted heart purses.
|Leslie Bowman's quilted purse withe hearts.|
|Wood heart by Simone Wilson.|
Oscar Wilde said it best "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."
|Heart fabric coin purse by Jude Stuecker|