Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Sentiments ~ A Special Cross-Stitch Bible Cover



Cross-stitch, needlepoint, knitting and handsewing projects were what I used to do every evening while watching a movie or television from my mid-teens into my 30's. As I was putting small boxes of craft supplies away this past week, I looked in the bamboo sewing basket my husband shipped back to me for Christmas in 1991 and I found a lost treasure. 

Here is its story...



  
Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! ~ Job 19:23


Worked on  14-count Aida cloth over a summer and probably into fall and winter in my late 30's, this Bible cover was one of the last projects I made in cross-stitch. My children were very young then as this was the later 1990's ~ a time when I was off-work for eight years where I just enjoyed being with the kids.


Amy, baby Peter and cousin Corey circa 1995.

I wasn't volunteering yet in their classrooms as they weren't yet elementary school-age. Our daughter was in pre-school three days a week and eventually our son went twice a week as he turned three.


A photo of a photo (hence the wonky edges!) ~ Breakfast at our first home,
about 1996.

I attended a weekly Bible study at our church in California on Tuesday mornings and the kids went to fun daycare there or to their preschool. During a few summers we helped run a weeklong children's summer Bible camp at the church and one summer at our house for local children to attend. 

Those were fun days!

My love of soft pastels haven't changed over the years... and roses!


I remember I didn't size this Bible cover then to fit my Bible because I had found this angel zip cover one instead. It had a pocket to hold papers given out at weekly services plus it zipped closed. The beautiful cover stayed preserved in my sewing box all these years until coming out this week. 

Perhaps with a pretty French toile print inside that I have had stored away as well, this cover would look lovely as more of a display piece instead of for an everyday working Bible. We have an older Bible which is falling apart and this cover would be perfect to cover it! 

Bringing beauty to something now shabby making it lovely again...

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Happy Sunday!

10 comments:

  1. Barb, your cross-stitch Bible cover is exquisite. I loved reading your sweet memories of days gone by and the sweet photos of your children. I cross-stitched so much during the 80’s, and gave away so many pieces as gifts. Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! It was fun coming over to link up with you. <3 I made many cross-stitch pieces back then, too. Many went to my mother who loved dogs so I made her several dog cross-stitch. Glad it is coming back en vogue.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Barb :)

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  2. Barb, that is gorgeous! Cross stitch is an art I wanted to learn, but never got around to it. Never too late though! I agree this would look lovely displayed in a frame or shadow box!

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  3. Oh, this is so beautiful! I agree it would be perfect for an older Bible to sit out on a table with your cross stitch displayed on it. I'm an avid cross stitcher and so much appreciate your beautiful work. I've just posted a few cross stitched pieces on my blog today.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. beautiful cross stitch piece, Barb. it would be so lovely framed! I used to cross stitch every evening also. Kept my projects in a basket next to my recliner. I'd like to try something small to see if I could get back into it, because it was so relaxing and fun to see something come together!

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  5. You are so talented! Thank you very much for sharing this article with us! I guess that you will be able to show us your other projects! The Bible looks great!

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  6. This is a very special work of art Barbara and it obviously bring back fond memories!

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  7. This is the most beautiful Bible cover that I have ever seen!
    I'm stopping by from Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.
    Angie
    Gods Growing Garden dot com

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  8. This embroidery will make your Bible volume unique and inimitable since you will not find anything like this in anyone else.

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  9. HI Barb, I love the beautiful embroidery did for your Bible, it will make it just that much more special. I'm popping by to thank you for sharing at last week's TFT party and to let you know that I'm featuring you this week at the new Party! Congratulations! Thanks for joining us. Happy weekend!
    Theresa

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I appreciate your leaving me a comment, thank you!
Hugs,
Barb :)

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