Follow your arrow! My Cross Stitch Arrows are telling me to “Aim For Impact”
Impact. That’s my word for the year. And one that has become even more personal to me lately. I haven’t talked about it much, but one of my goals for 2016 was joining the volunteer organization Junior League. I have been wanting to join for a few years, but was waiting for it to be the right time for me. For every thing there is a season, right? This spring was the season for me. And I’ve jumped in head first.
In May I was presented as an official Active member of my league. At the dinner where I got to stand up for completing my provisional course they also announced our theme/motto for the upcoming year. That theme? Aim For Impact. Impact? This really has been the year for me to join. And starting in June I am serving as the assistant chair for our spring fundraising committee. Taking on a leadership role meant that I got to go to leadership retreat a few weekends ago where we all wore our new Aiming For Impact t-shirts and talked about our goals for the upcoming year (and years).
You can imagine that with a theme like “Aiming for Impact” that arrows were a key decorating theme. They are. Arrows are on our new t-shirts and were all over the leadership retreat. Some ladies had the cutest bags embroidered with arrows and “Aiming for Impact” on them. Another had a bracelet from a company called Keep Collective with arrow charms on it.
I didn’t necessarily have arrows on my mind when I initially picked the word Impact, but I have been obsessed with them lately. I decided it was time for some arrow decorations at my house. I have also been playing around with embroidery and cross-stitch some more, and experimenting with stitching on items beyond fabric in an embroidery hoop. I’ve discovered how much fun it is to increase the scale of cross-stitch and create patterns on canvases.
Of course cross-stitching on a canvas takes a little prep work, and I tend to stick to simpler patterns. The first step is to print out the pattern you are using, trim it if desired, and tape it down to the canvas. Then I take a tapestry needle and poke holes in all the corners where I need to stitch. In effect transferring the pattern to the canvas.
Then you can pull up the pattern and start stitching. I do recommend keeping the pattern nearby to refer to, just as a backup. (Occasionally you miss poking a hole. Or at least I do.)
Once my arrow pattern was transferred I started stitching. I knew I wanted two of the arrows to be red and blue and I let Littlest pick the third color. I love that he picked orange and how it looks with the other colors.
>>>Cross Stitch Arrows Pattern <<<
Now my Cross Stitch Arrow Canvas can constantly remind me to follow my dreams and Aim For Impact!
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