As I told you the other day we're starting a new stitch-along this week.
It's fairly simple, perfect for stitching and quilting newbies, and will run for two weeks.
I'll be sharing one free stitchery block each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from today November 18th, through to Friday November 29th.
Five of the six embroidered designs were originally shared back in 2015 when I hosted a stitch-along to make a Christmas wreath and the assembly instructions for that project are still on my blog so if you'd rather finish these blocks as a wreath instead of the table runner we're making this time just go HERE to see the steps.
For the "Words of Life" table runner stitch-along I have omitted the Merry block from the original wreath set and created a new design, HOPE, because I find myself less inclined to decorate for Christmas and more inclined to display Christ-inspired stitcheries and projects permanently through our home. Jesus isn't a once a year celebration for us, He is our purpose and joy in each new day and every day with Him is a blessing. There's no day greater than another when you walk with Jesus and isn't that simply remarkable to think about?
Today we shall begin this project by stitching HOPE.
Hope is something all believers have, a sure and true knowing in our hearts that Jesus is all He says He is, and will do all He has promised.
Just today our sweet Blossom called and encouraged me with Scriptures of hope, one after the other, and my heart soared with delight, for when we hear the word of God it has power to lift as nothing else can.
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
The updated set of words we'll be stitching include little pops of applique, because you must know by now that they're almost a signature piece of most Elefantz designs. I love choosing the right fabric for each tiny shape, but if you're not confident adding applique then don't. Simply embroider each word and shape in backstitch as I did back in 2015 with the wreath project.
Work to your comfort level because if you find even a small part of this pattern frustrating or stressful then the delight will soon evaporate, and I would dearly love for you to enjoy every stitch.
Here's the completed "Words of Life" table runner.
Finished, it measures 14" x 30".
I'll share the final assembly instructions on November 29th with the final stitchery block.
Gather your fabrics first before choosing your embroidery threads. In the HOPE pattern I've included the list of threads used in my blocks just in case you have some of the older Tilda prints that I've used to complete my pattern.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I'll keep this project as a permanent freebie and will add a link in my sidebar for future reference.
Tomorrow Blossom, Cully May and Rafaella are coming to visit and we're planning a tea party with some rather cute vintage melamine cups I found at a garage sale recently. Bloss is making red velvet cup cakes and I have a pineapple fruit cake and some tiny toddler-size crackers to serve with cheese so I think we'll be feasting well!
May the HOPE of Christ fill your heart and mind today, drawing you closer to Him and more 'hopeful' for what is yet to come as we follow His word.