In our family, my mother-in-law is known for her expertise in needlework.
From sewing to quilting to embroidery, her art is superlative.
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Here she is adding finishing touches of grass to an embroidered *barn.
Y'all know I ♥ barns, right?
And she has incorporated a Cardinal in the design, too.
Oh, I love birds!
I love how authentic the Pine Tree looks.
When she is finished, there will be four designs and she will quilt them
together to form the wall hanging. Isn't this awesome?! The first square is finished.
It's so much more dramatic in person. I can't wait to see all four pieces put together.
Did you know the earliest surviving embroideries are Scythian and date back to the 5th-3rd centuries BCE? There's a form of embroidery called Blackwork, where they only use black thread to make the designs and twist it in a certain way to give it dimension. I'm not sure what technique my MIL used on the barn but it seems awfully close to Blackwork.
And look at this finished wall hanging...
Isn't it phenomenal?!
It's an ancient art form of Embroidery called Thread Painting or Needle Painting.
And the detail is absolutely stunning.
Can you tell that my mother-in-law's reputation is well deserved?
But being the humble woman that she is, she'll be the first to tell you that it is a gift from the Lord.
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When I started writing this post I was only intent on sharing how much I admire and love my MIL's ability with a needle. I was going to attach a Scripture verse here but I have to say that after knowing her for 33 years, she is truly the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman. She is an awesomely dedicated wife, mom, MIL, grandmother and great grandmother who aptly fits the description. She has always put the welfare of her family first. Her faith in the Lord and love for hearth and home is what is to be admired. Her handiwork with a needle second. She may or may not read this post but I want to say Thanks, Mom. I love you.
Have a blessed day in the Lord, my friends!
*The barn pattern is by Beth B Dix/ Primrose Lane, Black Mountain, NC.