First of all, Happy Fourth of July. What a great day to celebrate our country’s birth and to live in a country where we can freely practice our religion!
I have not been designing anything lately. I am also a stitcher and designing is just a hobby at this point. But what I am working on may interest you. I will tell you a story.
Once upon a time, my grandma went to a Christmas service at my church and noticed the lovely ornaments on the Christmas trees. They were called “Chrismons.” She acquired a pattern book for them and started making them for her church. Sadly after her death, the church burned down taking all them with them but a few survive that were in my possession.
Enter my husband who when I met him was studying to be a pastor, which sadly did not happen due to circumstances. After I married him, we bought a Christmas tree for our house together. As we shopped, we talked about how he’d always wanted to have a tree decorated only in Christian symbols. I remembered the Chrismons my grandma made. My mother found her materials in her basement and shipped them to me but I’m not quite ready to try my hand at wires and beads. I found some nice counted cross stitch patterns for Christian monograms, so I’m starting there, stitching lovely symbols for my Christmas tree. Someday, I hope I can cover my tree in them and put my secular ornaments on a different tree or leave them boxed up.
You can see the Chrismons I’ve done so far here: http://pinterest.com/ssneedlework/chrismons/
You can learn more about the people who invented “Chrismons’ and their ministry here: http://www.chrismon.org/site/chrismon.htm