Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Thursday, April 19, 2012

needle and thREAD {2}

I am joining Elizabeth's sewing circle again this Thursday.

I went from sewing on the machine last week to sewing like a mad women with needle and embroidery thread this week.

I put embroidered scapulars in my Etsy shop last week and now I am catching up on orders. Two after this one and I'll be caught up. They take about four hours to make, so I stitch a bit here and a bit there. The greatest challenge for me is within myself. I have to fight the perfectionist in me (I am not that way about all things, believe me), but I recently, within the last year or so, read that the Amish always stitch an error into the quilts "because only God is perfect." I don't know if that is actually true, but the thought helps me let those imperfections go.

I am still reading The Kitchen House, but am now thoroughly involved as evidenced by me standing with my nose in the book while I stir a pot, or rinse a dish, or just about any kitchen task I can do one-handed.

PS For the story behind the scapulars, read here.


  1. Barbara, how lovely! This was unique little project, I must say. I never thought to make handmade scapulars...very interesting idea! Thank you so much for sharing...

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  2. I have read that about the Amish as well! I love it. Your scapulars are lovely! I may have to grab one for my little lady who is receiving First Communion soon.

  3. We used to talk about the 'mistake stitched into Amish quilts' in my old quilt group. It made it easier to ignore the little imperfections and focus more on why we made the quilts.

    The scapulars are beautiful.

  4. I let go of perfection when I was reading about Selbu mittens- and how one set was really two left (or right-I forget which) mittens :) It made me realise that you can always do your best... but that some mistakes are nothing to worry about ;)
    That being said, I love the handmade scapulars!

  5. Very nice project! I found you through "needle and thREAD" and this is my project this week: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/crafting-on-with-needle-and-thread.html

  6. I love the scapulars. What a great project. Love the Amish quote. Something for me to remember. God bless.

  7. Your scapulars are beautiful! I'm glad you decided to make some more, and how good of you to help your priest in this way. God bless you!


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