Christian Artwork and Chrismons
By Ray and Gail Keffer

Each Chrismon or Christian Symbol has its own meaning which is to symbolize something that represents Jesus Christ and his life. The word Chrismon has been around for years, but in 1957 the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia obtained a copyright and trademark for the word "Chrismons". Many churches today use Chrismons on their tree because it makes the tree so much more meaningful. According to the definition by the Ascension Lutheran Church a Chrismon can only be in gold to signify the majesty of Christ and white, to symbolize his purity. If any other color is used, it is not a Chrismon. Some of our designs have color on them, so they then become Christian symbols and are just as meaningful as the ones in only gold and white. We have shown them all done in #7 plastic needlepoint canvas (meaning seven holes to an inch) because it can be done by all ages. We have included some instructions on the basic stitches shown in our samples. We recommend that you cut the shapes indicated on the various patterns from 7 square to the mesh, plastic canvas. This is a very time consuming job. We found that it was best to have some people cut the forms and then let others do the needlepoint. Some people can do needlepoint, but are unable to cut the plastic canvas. We then made up kits with the plastic canvas already cut into the shape, a page of instructions and the yarn we thought they would need for the project and put them in a small plastic bag. We also provided needles if they were needed by people. It was something that all ages could do with a little bit of help from those who knew how to do needlepoint. The needlepoint canvas, needles for that size of canvas, and yarns are available at most craft stores. There are also some yarn available with gold and white combined that you will see on some of our models.