Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bethlehem Scene


What Child Is This?

1. What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
2. Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
3. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Bethlehem Scene
 Good morning friends! I finished this ornament up on Friday night. I made 4 of these last year for gifts. I knew all along I wanted one for us, just finally got around to stitching it. It is called 'Bethlehem Scene'. I found it in the library book titled, Scandinavian Folk Patterns for Counted Thread Embroidery by Claudia Riff Finseth. I spotted this almost 2 years ago on the internet, all stitched up by someone. I never, ever found that blog again. I tried and tried. I never gave up searching. Finally found the image on google images last year and here we are.

I stitched it on white 28ct evenweave using DMC 322. The material in the background is what I used to back all of them. The figurine you see was my fraternal grandparents.

I absolutely love this pattern. I have stitched it 5 times now, as I said, but I would easily stitch it again. It reminds me of my favorite Christmas hymn, What Child Is This?

So, today I will be after the boys to get their ornaments hung on the tree. They are responsible for their own large ornament collections. Madeleine's fourth of the tree is done. The back quarter of the tree and the tippy top of the tree is for the rest of the ornaments. Since I am only putting up one tree this year, and the tree is small, only the favorites get to be hung by me. That is okay. The kids will not be with us forever. Until they leave someday, they can hog that tree right up! ;)

I will most likely be making some Christmas cookies today. Who knows? I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing. I am stitching another little poodle bottlecap magnet. ;)

Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments for me also. You brighten my day!  Hello new friends!♥

Have a wonderful, blessed day in the Lord my friends.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

18 comments:

Giovanna said...

It's a lovely ornament, no wonder you wanted one for yourself :-)

Margaret said...

Beautiful ornament -- love it! Love how you have the tree apportioned out to the kids. :D

Vicki said...

What a pretty pattern - it DOES look like "What Child is This?"!

cucki said...

Beautiful ornament -- love it,,
hugs cucki xx

Carolyn said...

Vicki,
It is a beautiful ornament and I love the sentiment. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Hugs!

riona said...

Your ornament is really quite lovely and your opening your post with the lyrics of my very favorite Christmas carol was a pleasant surprise on the second Sunday in Advent.

Chris said...

That is a lovely design Vickie! I can see why you have stitched it so many times.
I am working on Xmas cards...would you please send me your address?
Hugs!
Chris

Shirlee said...

It is a beautiful design Vickie! I love it : )

Sally said...

That is beautiful Vickie.

Linda said...

A beautiful song and a beautiful ornament. Did you manage to get your cookies baked?

butterfly said...

Such a beautiful ornament, love the colour, hugs.

Leanna said...

You know, Vicke, you are such a lovely woman. Everything you do is so...perfect.
I really wish we lived in the same neck of the woods...

Siobhán said...

What a beautiful ornament, Vickie! I love that Christmas song, too.

Carol said...

How very pretty, Vickie! I can see why you've stitched this so many times--glad you finally have your very own :)

My sons used to hang their own ornaments, too, but these days I seem to do the whole tree by myself :( I miss those days when the kids were home and actively helping with Christmas preparations...

Dani - tkdchick said...

That's a lovely ornament and so pretty stitched up in blues!

Maggee said...

oooh... what a really nice Ornament! Nicely done! Writing down the info for it! You never know... Hugs!

Lynn said...

Oooh, this is gorgeous!! Love the blue colour too.

Catherine said...

One of my favorite songs and your ornament is so sweet!
The boys always help with the tree ~ we didn't put all of the ornaments on this year, as we weren't sure how Panzer would react to the tree.