Just some cross-stitch projects I finished earlier this year.
First up, the Ani L'Dodi Anniversary piece I did for my in-laws. This was the first piece I have done with any sort of religious symbolism. The symbols in the middle portion is the Hebrew phrase "ani l'dodi, v'dodi li". Translated to English around the border, "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." The inside border edging is a simple backstitch vine motif. Here's the list of what everything else symbolizes:
Star of David - Israel and/or the Jewish faith
Peacocks - beauty of the eternity to come in Heaven
Grapes and Vines - land of Israel (one of the 7 Spices of Israel)
Olive branches - peace and goodwill
Pomegranates - hope of eternal life and/or fertility (one of the 7 Spices of Israel)
Their last names are in the original piece, just blurred out here for PERSEC.
And no, oddly enough, my inlaws are NOT jewish.
And the BEAUTIFULLY framed finish!!
I joked with my husband that if it didn't have their names on it I'd have been seriously tempted to keep it!!
MIL cried for a solid half hour after they received it in the mail. She even called me still in tears AND started crying harder when I told her I made it myself.
And next, a Dimensions kit - Patriotic Angel. There's supposed to be the phrase "we hold these truths..." in the background but my cats ran off with the gold thread before I could do it. I wasn't really liking how it looked anyway so I'm happy with the way it turned out.
And with the wonderful framing job: