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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label embossed velvet. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

St. Valentine n' Velvet !

Do you know the history of St. Valentine's Day?  Have you ever listened to "Adventures in Odyssey?"  My husband and I listen to these stories on many of our road trips!  Although the target audience is young children, we have not only been genuinely entertained, but have learned so much from these charming, well-produced, and very creative audio CD's.  The stories are fabulous!  You can learn more by visiting Whit's End at whitsend.org, and click on this link  to take you there!
"This is Holy Ground" Velvet Heart
This little story is based on the true story. Valentine was a Priest, who lived in Rome during the Third Century, under the reign of Emperor Claudius, who was not a popular, nor well-liked, man.  His chief desire was to build a huge Roman army, and he expected all the men to volunteer!  Becoming quite furious when this did not happen, deciding it was because men did not like to leave their women and families.  (Duh!).  Anyway.  He made a law forbidding marriage, thinking that would keep the young men from marrying, and they would join his army, instead.

One of Valentine's favorite activities as a Catholic Priest, was to perform marriage ceremonies.  And even after Emperor Claudius passed this law, he kept on performing those ceremonies, according to his faith --- secretly. 
Embossed velvet was done with a rubber stamp
And yes... he was caught in the act of doing just that, by the Emperor's men.  The couple escaped, but he was imprisoned, and while Claudius offered his life in exchange for Valentine's promise to stop the marriage ceremonies, he refused.  Claudius sentenced him to death by stoning and beheading. 
Quilting on the embossed image, as shown from the back side
While imprisoned, he experienced many wonderful acts of kindness.  Many young people came to the jail to visit him, and threw flowers and notes up to his window in encouragement.  They wanted him to know he was not alone... that they too, believed in love and marriage, and families, as God had ordained it.

Closeup of the quilted velvet image
One of these young people was the daughter of a prison guard, whose father allowed her to visit Valentine.  They would visit and talk for hours, and she would help keep his spirits up. They became fast friends.  On the day he was to die, he wrote her a note, thanking her for her friendship to him, and for her loyalty.

Get out that #43 Bernina free motion couching foot!

Yes, this is my 'new' cord from the shop I featured a couple days ago "Abbie & Ellie"

He signed the note, "Love from your Valentine."
And that is what is believed to have begun the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day.  That note was written the day he died, on February 14, 269 A.D.  This is the day our culture celebrates, and remembers today.  It is about love and friendship, but soo much deeper.  A Godly man was martyred for us to enjoy this blessing of celebrating LOVE.  An evil man tried to stand in the way of marriage between men and women of that early time... but because someone stood in the gap... we know more about how acting on our faith can affect a culture... far beyond our wildest imagination!


Friday, December 30, 2011

True Blue Velvet & Snowflakes

Ahhhhh... yes, hello my lovely, true blue winter friend.  
Snowflakes... bobbin play... silver threads. Love this color combo.  What about you? 
And velvet.  Isn't there a song about velvet?  Ah... yes, I think there is.  Isn't it called "Blue Velvet?"
Sparkly goodness. 
Shine on! 
It's fun to do embossing on silk velvet; it works the vest.  I'm thinking I'd like to do some more of it this weekend. 

I placed the velvet fabric, right side down against the stamp image, and placed a piece of rough cut piece of steam-a-seam fusible web a bit larger than the stamp, placing the fusible on top of it, which is really the back of the velvet fabric.  Spritz it lightly - lightly(!) with water, and then place your iron on top -- don't be tempted to wiggle the iron back and forth.  Just apply steady, downward pressure for about 10 seconds.  Presto-magico, you now have an embossed image.  Let it cool.  Peel off the fusible backing paper, and now cut around the edges of the stamped image.  Place the velvet embossed snowflake on your fabric.  Time to make it permanent... Steam-a-seam is sticky, without fusing, so it's lovely re-positionable qualities work to stick it to the fabric for precise placement.  When you are satisfied with the arrangement... press, using a needle board (a pressing board for velvets or other fabrics with nap) and steam-press it lightly until it is permanently bonded. Then add your pretty silver threads for some lovely thread accent!
To get the bobbin stitching to show, I first stitched around the snowflake with a blue thread (so it wouldn't show against the fabric), and then from the backside of the runner, and with my bobbin full of dark blue Razzle Dazzle, I free motion quilted the outside edges of the snowflake.  One thing to always remember... draw yourself a 'road map' from the front, so you can see where you're going from the back!
And I'm so grateful this little sparkly one sold recently.  Thank you!

I'm hoping to do some more embossing this weekend, as well as some other mixed media experimentations... now that's what I call a fun "NEW" Year's weekend!

2012 here we come...  EnJOY!

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