Show Me the Way – Orange Threads

Orange Threads

Here are the components I will use to make up the Orange fiber…

Completed Orange Fiber

… and the completed Orange fiber.

Prayer: Father, thank you for her strength, caring, courage, and grace.  Thank you for the supportive people who surround her, and for all the things in her life that help her now.


Show Me the Way – Separating Threads for Blending

Now it’s time to make up the fibers for stitching the piece. I’ll start with the dark red.

Dark Red Threads
I’m stitching with silk, and on 18 pt canvas I want 4 strands per fiber to cover the canvas. So I can pick at most 4 threads to go into my fiber. Here I’ve chosen the really vibrant red solid, plus the three darkest reds variegateds from my raw thread palette.

Thread 1
Now we need to separate our threads into individual strands. First tease the end of the thread to reveal the strands.

Thread 2
Next, grab one strand and pull.

Thread 3
One hand pulls the single strand being separated…

Thread 4
… while the other holds the thread loosely enough that the single strand can slide out …

Thread 5
… but firmly enough that the remaining strands stay behind.

Thread 6
The rest of the thread will bunch up behind the fingers.

Thread 7
This is OK. If the strand being pulled out gets caught up, pull gently on the tail of the thread until the strand releases.

Thread 8
When the single strand has come totally out, the thread bunch will release.

Thread 9
Keep doing this until you have all the strands you need.

Completed Red Fiber
And here is the red fiber, combining a rich red shade with subtly different shades, which will provide a nice natural visual texture to the piece.


Prayer: Father, help her to separate what she needs, what will help her and those she cares for, and blend something beautiful and functional.


Thinking itself is a mystery …

“… if we are honest, we know that thinking itself is a mystery. Doxology is the only appropriate response.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline”, by Richard J. Foster.

Prayer A Powerful Weapon by abcdz2000
Prayer A Powerful Weapon, a photo by abcdz2000 on Flickr.

Do you take thinking for granted?  I praise God that He made us intelligent, curious, creative.  That we explore, innovate, explain.  That we design, build, embellish.  That He made us in His image.

Favourite Movies – Ben-Hur

The classic epic on faith. Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Edition: Movies & TV.

This is one of my all-time favourite movies.  I watch it at least twice a year – at Easter and Christmas.  And it amazes me how many Christians I’ve met who have never seen it.  I clung to its message even when I was farthest from being a Christian myself.

I’ve heard that people say “It’s called ‘Ben-Hur: A Story of the Christ’ and it isn’t about Christ at all.”  I can’t understand that.  It’s about God’s will working in the world, about turning the other cheek, about the incredible force of Our Lord when He turned His attention on a man.  It’s about faith.


There is a way…

“… there is a way for that longing in your heart to be fulfilled that will be a blessing to those around you too.”

From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.

Cincinnati - Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum "Angel in Contemplation" by David Paul Ohmer
Cincinnati – Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum “Angel in Contemplation”, a photo by David Paul Ohmer on Flickr.

Sometimes I feel like I just can’t possibly make my dreams come true.  I just don’t have it in me, I think.  But God wants us to believe, to KNOW, that with Him there IS a way.

Show Me the Way – Vibrant Solid Threads

One downside of variegated threads is that the way the colors blend means that vibrant colors can’t be preserved; everything gets a bit diluted. To offset this I picked some vibrant solids in the three primary colors of the tulips.

Vibrant Solids

Prayer: Father, please comfort her with beauty and vibrant life in the midst of the muddles of caregiving.


… Only one source of peace…

“… there is only one source of peace in all the world, and that is doing the will of God.”

From my morning readings in “The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians”, Daily Study Bible Series, by William Barclay.

Dove descending on Roe and Pritzl by hoyasmeg
Dove descending on Roe and Pritzl, a photo by hoyasmeg on Flickr.

Inner peace.  Doing what we were born to do.  What we were created to do.  Joining in to the central flow of space-time.  Sounds good to me!

Show Me the Way – Bloom Thread Palette

So, the tulips have nine colors according to the design. I’ve chosen more than that many threads because I will blend them. This is the raw thread palette for the tulip blooms.

Full Tulip Palette


Prayer:  Help her to see the beauty that can be created from a multiplicity of choices.

Show Me the Way – Variegated Threads

Thread choice can help me recover the naturalistic look of the tulips. Here I will use variegated or overdyed threads to enhance the richness of the colors. These threads incorporate more than one color blending into each other, rather than the traditional solid thread which is all one shade.

Variegated Threads

Prayer: Father, please help things to flow smoothly and naturally as she cares for others.