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Topic: Ani L'Dodi Anniversary Piece & Patriotic Angel -- Cross-stitch (pic heavy)  (Read 7997 times)
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« on: July 13, 2008 06:48:38 AM »

Just some cross-stitch projects I finished earlier this year.  Tongue

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.  Wink  And no, oddly enough, my inlaws are NOT jewish.  Roll Eyes

Some close-ups:

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!!  Grin  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.

Before framing:

And with the wonderful framing job:


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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2008 06:56:44 AM »

The Ani L'Dodi is just so perfect. The shades of blue were an excellent choice. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2008 07:08:29 AM »

the Ani L'Dodi is stunning. i love all the symbolism, and the blue is lovely. It's such an intricate and complicated design, I'm not surprised that your mothing in law cried when she received it. The patriotic angel is beautiful too. Her skirts are so pretty and flowing. Amazing job! Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2008 07:10:30 AM »

I really love the Ani L'Dodi. I'm a big fan of Song of Solomon, and that backstitch vine is beautiful. What a great anniversary gift.

LOL at the cats running off with the gold floss. I wonder how many craftsters who adopt cats realize that they may very well end up controlling their creative decisions?

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2008 07:18:58 AM »

very beautiful!

« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2008 07:19:44 AM »

The Ani L'Dodi is just so perfect. The shades of blue were an excellent choice. Smiley

Oddly enough, IRL, they're actually quite violet. They came in a kit together with the pattern so I just went with it although a friend of mine converted her floss to others more blue. It made finding the mats a pain though. Everyone kept pulling out blues that just didn't work with the colors. Finally my husband found the blue-violet one closest to the piece and the sale associate found the lighter blue suede that matches pretty perfectly too.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2008 07:21:03 AM »

I have a friend who did a similar Ani L'Dodi piece for her and her hsuband to commemorate their wedding.  Very nice work btw!

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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2008 08:06:18 AM »

They are so impressive.  Each one is lovely a very different way. 
You must have been a busy lady to accomplish all of that.

I love the formality and tradition of the first.  Elegant and really a keepsake.

The Angel I like I think without the words too.  I really adore the tassles on her skirt and waist.

Beautiful job.  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2008 08:10:39 AM »

Those are beautiful!!!

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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2008 08:46:40 AM »

Lovely work.

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