Let LOVE Grow
It’s that time of year again… our wedding anniversary & what has become a Hands On Design tradition – the token of love.
I present Let LOVE Grow – I was afraid it would come across a little too much ‘live, laugh, love’ (insert eye roll here), but I have some very good reasons for this year’s design.
- First – it’s round! Of course it’s round! 2023 was a round finish kind of year for me, it only makes sense that I would finish it round – I can’t wait to see how YOU finish it!
- Second – over 1! Yep – I discovered that I like designing ‘over 1’. Just a smidge of the design is over 1 if you want to give it a try (& yes, I designed an ‘over 2’ version!)
- Third – it’s the ‘grow’ in Let Love Grow – our family grew this year as we celebrated the wedding of our youngest son to his beautiful bride!
Just a peek at the beach wedding – see those smiles…I smile just like that every time I think of this day – it was perfect!
I chose a sweet coordinating fabric for the back & a soft DMC palette to coordinate with this gorgeous Belfast linen. I like a classic finish packed with the personal. I hand stitched some narrow twill ribbon that I had in my stash & fastened a bow with a hat pin that was my grandmothers. See a few photos below for the edge detail.
I hand stitched narrow ribbon to cover the edge where I whip stitched the front to the back. Note the angle of the needle – I wanted to create some texture with large X’s on the ribbon. (this is the 1st trip around the circle)
Once around the circle, whip stitch all of the layers of ribbon at the top to secure – we will be covering this with the bow.
I stitched a return journey around the circle to complete my X’s. It’s difficult to see since I used a tone-on-tone ribbon & floss – I really like the subtle texture.
Here’s to 36 years of growing our love.
Enjoy the Stitch – Cathy, Hands On Design