Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.Henri Nouwen
Ever since I have memory, I’ve been more of an Eeyore than a Pooh. (If you are a Winnie the Pooh fan like me, you probably know what I mean.) The word “joy” isn’t a natural part of my dictionary, and although I am no psychologist, I attribute this to all the traumas I’ve gone through in life.
Speaking of traumas, I believe everyone experience some sort of trauma in their lives but maybe to different extent. However, trauma is trauma, no matter how big or small. They leave you a scar that is always present, reminding you of what happened in the past. Traumas can change you as a person. Traumas can change your worldview. Traumas can paralyze you. But traumas can also make your grow.
At this point of my life, I am learning to view trauma differently. I am learning to view it as a stepping stone and not a stumbling block. I am learning to be brave and choose joy, as Wess Stafford once said: “Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you are going to respond to life.” And in the process, I am an Eeyore aspiring to be a Pooh.
PIN IT FOR LATER
The Joy Framed Décor is an advanced beginner tapestry crochet pattern with a touch of cross-stitch. The Chinese characters 喜乐 (xi-le) are worked with the tapestry crochet technique, while the English word “Joy” and the hearts are worked with cross-stitch. This pattern and the Peace Framed Décor pattern that I released earlier this year make a matching set. They are perfect for any occasion, and will surely make a cute décor for your home. But they may be especially suitable for the holiday season.
The pattern guides you step by step through tapestry crochet and cross stitch, with clear written instructions, pictures and video tutorials.
If this is your first time coming across a tapestry crochet project, I have a series of Tapestry Crochet Tutorial that I would suggest you check out before you start this project. The tutorial provides simple patterns for you to practice as well. The type of tapestry crochet that I used for the both the Peace and Joy Framed Décor is the one that I called Two-Directional Flat Tapestry Crochet.
If this is your first time trying cross stitch on crochet, take a look at this quick video. It is really easy! Besides this video, I also have very detailed written instructions and picture tutorial in the pattern to guide you along the way.
To work on this pattern you will need:
- Joy Framed Décor crochet pattern by Haven Crochet Designs
- Caron One Pound yarn (this is a thicker #4 worsted weight yarn; 454g/16oz, 742m/812yds per ball)
- Main Color (White) – approx. 265 yds
- Contrast Color A (Black) – approx. 100 yds
- Contrast Color B (Country Rose) – approx. 10 yds
- 4mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- (1) 20” x 16” picture frame (I used RIBBA frame from IKEA)
- Blocking mat, pins, spray bottle with water
The finished project measures approximately 20″ (W) x 16″ (H). It fits perfectly in a 20″ x 16″ picture frame. In the event that you cannot find a picture frame, I give you some suggestions in the pattern to make this project frameless!
This pattern and associated images are copyright protected and the sole property of Haven Crochet Designs. The pattern is for personal use only and may not be redistributed, transferred, or sold. Please do not alter the pattern in order to claim it as your own. Items produced from my patterns may be sold at your discretion. However, I kindly ask that you credit me as the designer and provide a link back to my site www.havencrohetdesigns.com, or provide my social media handle @havencrochetdesigns. For more details, see Terms and Conditions.