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Flowers of the Bible

NEW THIS WEEK - May 14th, 2008


Flowers of the Bible

Free Project Instructions!

 

Several weeks ago, on a cold and snowy winter day, I was browsing through a bookstore, and came across a remarkable book called Flowers of the Bible, and How To Grow Them.

I'll be truthful and say that I'm not blessed with a green thumb; I make plants wither and turn brown by simply looking at them. But as I paged through the book, visions of fields of colorful flowers blooming brightly in the Holy Land filled my mind and senses, and chased the winter day away.

The artists and digitizers created a wide variety of designs to bring these same bright and colorful images to you. New designs include beautifully detailed, intricate flower arrangements paired with Bible verses, as well as quick-stitching vintage-style flowers for lighter fabrics. And, simple flower designs blossom on in-the-hoop pot holders, door hangers, tissue covers, and bookmarks, to bring a piece of the Holy Land to your home.

Vintage flowers of the Holy
Land are beautiful on organza
table scarves. Click here for project instructions!



Flowers of the Bible, and Verses

In Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7, Jesus teaches his disciples many lessons of how to live,
love, and pray. These teachings are widely known as the Sermon on the Mount. Towards
the end of chapter 6 Jesus addresses the disciples' tendency to worry about everything --
and eases their minds with these words.
 
Available in two sizes:
8.99"X5.86" and 6.84"X4.46"


The "lilies of the field" in the Holy Land include the anemone, and trumpet narcissus.
These arrangements make wonderful framed pieces for pastors and church leaders, as
well as Bible covers.

 
Available in two sizes:
8.35"X5.85" and 6.84"X4.78"


Imagine fields of green, dotted with bright yellow trumpeting flowers! The
above two designs, and this one below, can be arranged together to form
one of the main teachings of the Sermon on the Mount -- and make a
beautiful arrangement of Holy Land flowers, too.

 
Available in two sizes:
8.29"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.86"


The King James Version of the Bible interprets this passage as "rose;" other
translations, and most botanists, consider the "rose" to be a Saffron Crocus. The
crocus and the rock rose (both Holy Land flowers) are included in this arrangement.
To paraphrase Shakespeare, a rose by any other name smells as sweet.

 
Available in two sizes:
8.31"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.83"


In Proverbs 31, King Lemuel (perhaps King Solomon?) expounds on the merits of a
virtuous woman. She is more precious than rubies, and she will do good all the days
of her life. This particular verse from chapter 31 is perfect for sewists and embroiderers,
a wonderful statement when framed and hung in the sewing room.
 
Available in two sizes:
8.01"X5.86" and 6.63"X4.86"

 

The flowers, paired with verses, make wonderful pillows and wall hangings. You can frame the pieces and give them as gifts to friends, family members, secret sisters, Bible study partners, pastors, and Sunday School teachers.

If you're interested in framing your work, free project instructions show you how to mat and frame a piece. Click here for those instructions.  You can also use branches and leather lace for a more rustic frame, and those instructions are here.



A beautiful passage for newly married couples, as well as those that are celebrating
anniversaries and commemorating years of love and commitment. The preceding verse
references "beds of spices" and gardens of lilies; thus this text is paired with the
fragrant and beautiful hyacinth grape.

 
Available in two sizes:
5.83"X8.30" and 4.84"X6.86"


Hosea, a prophet from 785 to 725 BCE, found joy and peace in God, even
though his own life was filled with challenges and pain. His book is one of
unconditional love, and faith and hope that better days will come. Purple
and yellow irises represent this hope.

 
Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.94" and 4.86"X6.56"


Parts of the Bible are historical; parts are spiritual. And much of it is pure
poetry, as in the Song of Solomon. The writings speak of love between a
husband and wife, and the love between God and Israel.

 
Available in two sizes:
8.30"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.86"


Many books of the New Testament were written to specific churches in the
Holy Land and surrounding areas. James is different, in that it was an open letter
or sermon to all Christians. A combination of moral instruction and tradition, James
urged strong faith in the face of adversity and challenges, for worldly cares will fade
away like the flowers of the grass.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.82"X7.49" and 4.85"X6.23"

 

Dress up a Bible or book cover with flower designs and your favorite passage. If you aren't able to find a blank cover, free instructions show you how to make one. Complete with a pocket for a notebook and a loop for a pen, this Bible cover is made of sturdy denim, a beautiful canvas for the above flower arrangements.

Click here for instructions for making a Bible cover.



Peter, like James, urged faith during times of adversity and persecution. Peter writes, "You
have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and
enduring word of God." And then he goes on to quote the prophet Isaiah:  "All men are like
grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flower
falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever."

 
Available in two sizes:
7.78"X5.86" and 6.44"X4.86"


Tulips, the early spring bloomers, are a favorite and beloved sign of spring.
They symbolize new life, and new hope. Paired with the words of Solomon,
these tulips will be beautiful on tote bags, framed pieces, and banners
for places of worship.

 
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X8.30" and 4.84"X6.86"


A Flowers of the Bible Value Pack

Grow a garden of designs, inspired by flowers of the Holy Land and favorite passages from the Bible. The above designs are available in a value pack - priced at only $17.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add  the value pack to your shopping basket.
 

 
All designs smaller than 6 x 10   All designs smaller than 5 x 7


Flowers of the Holy Land (Vintage)

The Holy Land is home to a wide variety of colorful flowers. The following are quick-
stitching "vintage" flower designs, that are wonderful for lightweight fabrics and fast
projects. Need to make something for 50 new church members, or the entire choir
-- by tomorrow? These are the right designs!
 
The possibilities for these Holy Land flowers are endless. Use them in a quilt, either on
blocks or to stitch through the quilt top, batting, and back. Make a wall hanging for the
church entryway or Sunday School room, showing the flowers of the Holy Land.
 
Violet   Lenten Rose
 
Available in three sizes:
4.57"X9.41" and 3.31"X6.84" and 2.09"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
4.63"X9.41" and 3.38"X6.85" and 2.16"X3.85"


Stitch them on dish towels and give as gifts to church leaders, new church members,
and members of your study group. And, include a hand-written note with your gift, letting
the recipient know that these flowers have special meaning, as they're from the Holy Land.
 
Loosestrife   Globe Thistle
 
Available in three sizes:
2.51"X9.40" and 1.83"X6.85" and 1.40"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
4.29"X9.40" and 3.13"X6.83" and 2.41"X3.85"


These vintage flowers are very light, which means you can stitch them on knits and
thin, summery linens. Let the Holy Land flowers bloom from skirts and shirts, table
linens and breezy curtains.

 
Poppy   Hibiscus
 
Available in three sizes:
3.88"X9.40" and 2.81"X6.83" and 1.94"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
4.94"X9.40" and 3.61"X6.85" and 2.04"X3.85"

 

Grow a garden of Biblical flowers on lightweight or flour sack kitchen towels. Bright colors blossom from the white towel fabric, adding a splash of vibrant hues.

The vintage designs are low in stitch count with open areas, so you can use a tear-away stabilizer on the back side. No topping is necessary, as long as the towel has low or no nap.

For instructions for stitching on low-or-no-nap towels, see the second half of these instructions.



They may have few stitches and color changes, but these flowers are designed to
have a dramatic effect. Bright petals contrast against green leaves, and the long
stems fill a large area.

 
Blue Flax   Rose
 
Available in three sizes:
3.60"X9.43" and 2.63"X6.85" and 1.70"X3.88"
  Available in three sizes:
4.04"X9.41" and 2.95"X6.86" and 1.95"X3.86"


If your church has fundraisers or bazaars, stitch these flowers on dishtowels. Include
a card with information about flowers from the Holy Land, or perhaps some seed packets
so that people can grow their own.
 
Buttercup   Rock Rose
 
Available in three sizes:
3.84"X9.40" and 2.78"X6.79" and 2.37"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
3.41"X9.42" and 2.49"X6.87" and 1.71"X3.87"


I've given a lot of ideas as to how to use these quick-stitching Holy Land flowers --
and I'm sure your mind is filled to the brim with possibilities! Remember to send
pictures of your projects to stitch@emblibrary.com - we love seeing what you make
with the designs!

 
Lavender   Hollyhock
 
Available in three sizes:
2.81"X9.40" and 2.04"X6.85" and 1.39"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
3.20"X9.41" and 2.33"X6.83" and 1.46"X3.86"


A Flowers of the Holy Land Value Pack

The above flowers of the Holy Land designs are available in a value pack - priced at only $17.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add the value pack to your shopping basket.
 

All designs smaller than 6 x 10 All designs smaller than 5 x 7 All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Flowers of the Bible Tissue Holders


Say "God Bless You" with a tissue cover, made right in the hoop. Each tissue cover features
flowers that are from the Holy Land. Choose daffodil, crocus, iris, lily, larkspur, tulip and Rose
of Sharon. These are wonderful items to take to craft fairs, or church and school fundraisers.
For instructions for making tissue holders, click here.
 
Narcissus Tissue Holder   Crocus Tissue Holder
 
Available in one size:
5" X 7"
  Available in one size:
5" X 7"

Iris Tissue Holder   Madonna Lily Tissue holder
 
Available in one size:
5" X 7"
  Available in one size:
5" X 7"

Rose of Sharon Tissue Holder   Tulip Tissue Holder
 
Available in one size:
5" X 7"
  Available in one size:
5" X 7"

Larkspur Tissue Holder
Available in one size:
5" X 7"

 
A In-the-Hoop Floral Tissue Holders Value Pack

The above floral tissue holder designs are available in a
value pack - priced at only $16.97!


The pack includes the in-the-hoop tissue holder designs
for all seven flowers, as well as flower borders. Use the
flower borders to make coordinating items, such as
checkbook covers, credit card holders, purses, etc.

Click on the image to the left to see the designs in the
pack and add the pack to your basket.

All designs smaller than 5 x 7    


Flowers of the Bible Pot Holders


A set of brightly-colored pot holders (made right in the hoop) will brighten up
your kitchen. They're also wonderful gifts for new church members, and those
hard-working men and women in the church kitchen who are always so busy
during receptions. Made with cotton, thermal-resistant lining, and ironing board
fabric, these pot holders protect the hands from the heat -- and look pretty at
the same time! For instructions for making pot holders, click here.

 
Narcissus   Crocus
 
Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.14" and 4.89"X6.78"
  Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.14" and 4.89"X6.78"


Carol from Virginia requested spring and summer pot holders. She and her sisters
love to cook, and they all enjoy the shape of the pot holders, which store so well
when not in use. Carol also mentioned that the pot holders are easy to mail, as
she has sisters in Florida, Arizona, and Ohio. Thanks for the suggestion, Carol!

 
Iris   Madonna Lily
 
Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.14" and 4.89"X6.78"
  Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.14" and 4.89"X6.78"

Rose of Sharon   Tulip
 
Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.14" and 4.89"X6.78"
  Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.14" and 4.89"X6.78"

Larkspur
Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.14" and 4.89"X6.78"


A In-the-Hoop Floral Pot Holders Value Pack

The above floral pot holder designs are available in a value pack - priced at only $16.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack, and add
the value pack to your shopping basket.
 

 
All designs smaller than 6 x 10   All designs smaller than 5 x 7


Flowers of the Bible Bookmarks

Mark a special occasion -- such as confirmation, graduation, a wedding, or baptism
with a bookmark embellished with a flower from the Holy Land. Bookmarks are made
in the hoop with small pieces of fabric and tear-away stabilizer -- click here for project
instructions
. And, they fit nicely into cards for mailing, too!
 
Narcissus   Crocus
 
Available in one size:
1.77"X5.52" 
  Available in one size:
1.77"X5.52" 

Iris   Madonna Lily
 
Available in one size:
1.77"X5.52" 
  Available in one size:
1.77"X5.52" 

Rose of Sharon   Tulip
 
Available in one size:
1.77"X5.52" 
  Available in one size:
1.77"X5.52" 

Larkspur
Available in one size:
1.77"X5.52" 

 
A In-the-Hoop Floral Bookmarks Value Pack

The above floral bookmarks are available in a value
pack - priced at only $16.97!

Click on the image to the left to see the designs included
in the pack, and add the value pack to your basket.
 

All designs smaller than 5 x 7    



Flowers of the Holy Land Door Hangers

Greet visitors at your door with blossoming, blooming door hangers. These hangers are
made right in the hoop with small pieces of fabric and tear-away stabilizer. They slip
right over a door handle for a colorful and elegant decoration. Click here for instructions.
 
Narcissus   Crocus
 
Available in two sizes:
3.82"X9.42" and 2.79"X6.87"
  Available in two sizes:
3.82"X9.42" and 2.79"X6.87"

Iris   Madonna Lily
 
Available in two sizes:
3.82"X9.42" and 2.79"X6.87"
  Available in two sizes:
3.82"X9.42" and 2.79"X6.87"

Rose of Sharon   Tulip
 
Available in two sizes:
3.82"X9.42" and 2.79"X6.87"
  Available in two sizes:
3.82"X9.42" and 2.79"X6.87"

Larkspur
Available in two sizes:
3.82"X9.42" and 2.79"X6.87"


A In-the-Hoop Floral Door Hangers Value Pack

The above door hanger designs, along with the individual flower designs for other projects,
are available in a value pack - priced at only $16.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack
to your shopping basket.
 

 
All designs smaller than 6 x 10   All designs smaller than 5 x 7


Flowers of the Holy Land Borders

The floral motifs in the in-the-hoop projects have been separated out for other uses
and projects. You'll find that they have simpler and less complex fills, yet still have
excellent coverage for all fabrics (including those loopy terrycloth towels!).
 
Crocus
 
Available in two sizes:
6.86"X3.99" and 3.85"X2.26"
  Available in two sizes:
6.86"X1.56" and 3.86"X0.88"


A thick, rectangular border (left) and a thinner border (right) gives so much
versatility. Use them on towel sets for the kitchen or the bath.

 
Rose of Sharon
 
Available in two sizes:
6.85"X4.01" and 3.85"X2.25"
  Available in two sizes:
6.85"X1.56" and 3.85"X0.88"


Let them bloom on tote bags for gardeners and fellow church members.
Embroider them on placemats and napkins for picnics and outdoor dining.

 
Narcissus
 
Available in two sizes:
3.77"X6.50" and 2.25"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
6.86"X1.59" and 0.90"X3.86"

 

Add the flowers of the Holy Land to your wardrobe! In this example, rectangles add interest to the neckline, while  thinner borders dance around the bottom.

Embellish skirts, shirts, dresses, jeans, jackets, sweater sets, and more with these flower designs. For instructions for repeating designs on garments, click here. And, for information about stitching on jersey knit click here.

Lightweight linen is a summertime favorite, so if you'd like to stitch the flower designs on that type of fabric, click here for helpful hints and information.



Use them on wedding gifts, pillows, quilts, and cozies. Add your favorite
Bible verse for a unique and extra personal touch.

 
Iris
 
Available in two sizes:
4.01"X6.85" and 2.25"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
6.86"X1.57" and 3.86"X0.89"


These floral borders also add a touch of spring and summer to shirts, skirts,
pants, and dresses. flowers come in so many different colors -- change the colors
to match your personal preference and taste.

 
Madonna Lily
 
Available in two sizes:
4.01"X6.86" and 2.25"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
6.86"X1.56" and 3.86"X0.88"


Use the thinner border on quilts or wall hangings, and the larger, rectangular
arrangements on quilt blocks.

 
Tulip
 
Available in two sizes:
3.39"X6.85" and 2.23"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
6.85"X1.56" and 3.85"X0.87"


However you choose to use these designs, please do send photos of your
projects to us at stitch@emblibrary.com. We're always inspired by your work!

 
Larkspur
 
Available in two sizes:
4.00"X6.86" and 2.23"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
6.85"X1.55" and 3.85"X0.88"


If you're interested in knowing more about flowers that are native to the Holy Land, I recommend
Allan A. Swenson's book. It's called Flowers of the Bible And How to Grow Them (that link will
take you to his book at Amazon). Chapter nine lists Biblical gardens in the United States that
have interesting flora and statuary. You never know -- there might be a Biblical garden near
you, and if not you can grow one in your own backyard! Or, if you're like me (without a green
thumb), grow a garden of Holy Land flowers with your embroidery machine.