There is always a stitching project in my hands, unless I'm sleeping. My love for quilting and embroidery is endless. I often wonder if watching my uncle embroider when I was young is how I became so enamored by it. It doesn't matter at this point, I'm in it for the long haul.
While sitting in church last month, I listened to our Vicar as he expressed his admiration for the "Lord's Prayer." I jotted it down in my bulletin and then the search began. It wasn't easy to find, but I don't give up easy either. After a bit of searching I got lucky and found exactly what I was looking for.
In fact, finding it was the easy part. I began the process of transferring the design to the fabric, sorted through lots of colors and began to stitch. Now came the hard part, the design was very difficult to see, I took up space outside in order to do the embroidery work. For those who don't know, there are 291 letters in "The Lord's Prayer." Not only did I stitch, but all those words made me stop and think about what those words actually mean to me.
The more I stitched, the more the words unfolded before my eyes, it was not easy to face Vicar for the next few weeks without thinking those words and keeping this project a secret. We all knew he would be leaving soon, I did share my idea with a few of the ladies at church as the farewell party was getting closer.
After I sewed on the border which framed it like a picture, I amazed myself. It was simply stunning. Sunday came, after the service I presented it to him, with a few words. He was quite surprised, I knew he would be.
Sewing for the joy and satisfaction of completing a project is a worthwhile effort not to be taken lightly. We learn these talents naturally, or we have a shared passion from someone else, whatever the case, use them because they are talents that give joy to the creator as well as the receiver.
Our Vicar may be moving on to the next chapter in his life but he will forever be part of my memories.