A Banner inspired by mine

Tanelet at “Tentatively Tanelet” decided to take my Reformation Banner design and run with it!

Tanelet's Reformation Banner

You can definitely tell that it’s been modified from my original design.  However, some key design elements like the text and the fortress are still present.  I really like how it turned out.  Definitely took a lot of time and work.  And I think the modifications work very well for a large church banner.  Mine is more designed to be smaller so things like the original font I used would not be so readable on a large banner like this.  Definitely will look sharp in church come Reformation!

You can read more about what she did on her blog: http://tenelet.blogspot.com/2012/10/reformation-banner-2012.html


Baptized Child of God Finishing Ideas

I finally uploaded the pattern for “Baptized Child of God.”

I see a lot of potential for this design.  It’s a fairly easy stitch (it took me only a few hours and that was with interruptions).  It also can be stitched using just plain old 14 ct. Aida and regular DMC which is cheap and now available at a lot of Wal-Marts.  When completed, there it is a lovely reminder of your baptism.

Based on your level of difficulty, here are a number of ways to complete this ornament

  1. Glue the cross stitch to a piece of cardstock.  Use a fancy scissors to give the cardstock a nice edge.  Write the child’s name and date of baptism on the back with paint or a marker.
  2. Glue or stitch the cross stitch to a piece of felt.  Use a pinking shears to edge the felt.  Use fabric paint to put the child’s name and date of baptism on the back.
  3. Purchase a cross stitch plastic frame (round or square).  Cut the cross stitch to size of the provided sticky board and pop into the frame.  Write the child’s name and date of baptism on the back with a marker.
  4. Stitch the child’s name and date of baptism under the finished piece.  Fold the sides under and stitch in place.  Fray the bottom edge.  Fold the top edge down and stitch so there’s room for a small thin dowel.  Attach string to both ends of the dowel so it becomes a banner.
  5. (Model) Stitch the child’s name and date of baptism on a separate piece of Aida and attach to the front.  You can put both right sides together, sew together and flip and finish as a pillow or flatfold.  Or, as seen in the model, use either the 4 sided stitch or cross stitches to attach the pieces of Aida together and stuff with polyfill before fraying the edges.

The Ornament is Complete

I put the finishing touches on the ornament today.  I think it turned out nicely.  I should be posting the pattern in the next few days.

Please notice that I’ve also added a photo widget to the side of the page where I’ll be posting my designs when I’ve stitched them.  


Baptized Child of God

I decided to start some designs in my Quest for a Christian Christmas tree.  Here is the first.  It is going to have stitching on the back piece with each of my daughters’ names and their date of baptism.

Baptized Child of God

I stitched it on 14 ct Aida using DMC floss.  The lettering and shell outline uses DMC light effects floss.  I hope to post the pattern shortly.


All Saints Banner

I finally finished the All Saints Banner Design today.  It’s available for free from my designs page.

This was also my stepdaughter’s confirmation verse.  I thought it was appropriate for the Sunday when we remember those who have gone before us into heaven.

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New Design: Reformation Banner

I know it’s a little Lutheran, but my next banner is for Reformation.  Don’t worry, non-Lutherans, next on the list is a banner for All Saints/Saints Triumphant.  I just haven’t been struck with an idea for it yet.

Here’s a little background:

Reformation  is celebrated on or around October 31.  This is the same day as Halloween or All Hallows Eve and this is for good reason.  It’s the day that Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenburg.  He posted it because there would be a huge influx of people in the next day for All Saints Day.  He was getting increasingly distressed with the Catholic church and saw disparity in Rome with brothels for priests and priests not saying the correct words of institution correctly so he posted the Theses to try to start a debate to have these things fixed.  Unfortunately, the Pope didn’t see it that way and ended up excommunicating Luther.  When Luther eventually saw that the Pope would not fix things but wanted to silence him, the “Lutheran” princes and their people broke away.  Strangely enough, about 100 years later, the Catholic church would have its own little Reformation where they cleaned up a lot of the things that had angered and distressed Luther.

And now for the design:

The text of the banner is the first line of the great Lutheran hymn “A Mighty Fortress” which is taken from Psalm 46:1.  At the top, you will see a fortress that is flying banners with the cross on it.  At the bottom is the Luther seal.  You can find a great explanation of the seal here: http://www.goodshepherd.nb.ca/seal/

You can find the PDF for the design on the Designs page.



First Banner Completed!

I finished my banner for the Sundays After Pentecost.  I am posting it for free below.  Let me take some time to explain some of the symbolism of the banner.

The background is green because most of the Sundays after Pentecost are green (with a few exceptions like Pentecost day which is red and the 1st Sunday after Pentecost which is also Holy Trinity Sunday which is white).  Green is the color of life.  During the season of Pentecost, a lot of different themes are explored (there are 20+ Sundays, so there’s a lot of time for that) but many times, the early church and the epistles are talked about.  Because of this, I chose a church for the banner.  The church is resting on a rock which symbolizes Christ as the church’s foundation.  The words are the opening line from the hymn “Built on the Rock.”  At the bottom is the sign of the Triune God.


You may stitch this on Aida or Evenweave, but it should be green.  You could also substitute metallics as well.  I recommend a 8″x16″ piece of fabric if using 14/28 ct.

The pattern can be downloaded from the Box widget.

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