My paternal grandpa was the king of little sayings and one-liners. When he went on to Heaven, my Mom got his Bible and found a treasure trove of his sayings written in some of the empty pages. Some are sayings he read somewhere, some are ones he wrote. (You can check out my Dad’s blog Advancing Ministries for a post of more of his sayings.)
One of his sayings quickly became a favorite:
The peace of God within becomes the melody of life without.
It’s poetic, old-fashioned, rings true, and I love it. My mom has been talking about doing a hoop art wall installation in her office, so I thought I’d combine the two for one of her Christmas gifts.
I’ve done a little embroidery here and there, but this is the first big thing I’ve actually completed. It was so much fun! Like any project, parts of it were harder than I expected and some parts were easier than I expected.
I wrote the quote out in my own handwriting and then used some transfer paper from Jo-Ann Fabrics to transfer it over. It didn’t really work out the best and I ended up having to go over the lines in pencil on the fabric. Do any of you have a better way to transfer patterns? I used the stem stitch for the letters. It’s not a usual stitch that people use for letters, but I love the rope-like texture it gives.
For the circle flowers, I just cut out some circles from flannel. I didn’t measure them or anything, just freehanded them and trimmed them if they ended up looking weird. Then I sewed them on with a french knot in the center. I left the hoop itself plain because I don’t know what my mom has planned for the rest of the hoops on her wall.
Here’s the back if anyone’s curious. I cut out a circle of flannel and lined the back of the embroidery with it. I used a teensy bit of fabric glue to glue it on the sides of the hoops. Then I cut the excess fabric so that there was about three inches all around the hoop. I threaded a needle with matching thread and treated the fabric as if I were making a yoyo. I pulled it tight enough so it wasn’t saggy and called it a day. I’m not sure if this is how you’re supposed to do it? But I was trying to make it so there was enough fabric for my Mom to take the embroidery out in case she decides to do something with the exposed outer hoop, like cover it in fabric or yarn or something.
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to jump on the hoop art train. I’ve pinned and pinned hoop art ideas on Pinterest, but it took a Christmas present for me to actually do it. I’m thinking this is going to be my motto for the year. 2014. Do it. Ha!