Now that the tulip blooms are under control, it’s time to decide what the leaves and stems will look like.
Again, I have chosen to use variegated threads to give a more natural appearance. But instead of blending them, I’m going to use them as dyed to give gradual color changes. On the leaves and stems, I use just 2 different variegated threads to provide the colors, one dark and one bright green.
By using a variable filler stitch, the impression is of light on shiny leaves.
“It’s tempting to hide our dreams away. We tell ourselves we’ll pursue them later or that we need to feel safer first. But the reality is, later may not come and living out a dream is risky no matter when we decide to do it.”
From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.
There are always reasons not to start working on our dreams. There are always reasons not to pray. There are always reasons not to serve others. Embracing my God-sized dream means going beyond reasons to faithful following and branching out.
The answer is to insert an appropriate mask. Here I have chosen a piece of green handmade paper which includes metallic golden highlights. I cut it to size, and then insert it between the front of the canvas and the edges which have been folded to fit in the frame. Note that you DO NOT trim the canvas to the size of the frame, or the edges may unravel!
Instead I decided to put “clouds” around the phrases. I stitched the words of a phrase onto the fine canvas, and cut a cloud shape around it. Then I stitched the pale purple background through both canvasses, and finally stitched down the outer edge of the fine canvas. with heavier silver threads. This sets off the phrases nicely and the higher relief of the phrases works to emphasize the verse.
Prayer: Father, we thank You that our savior is always there to open the door for us when we knock!
Openwork pieces present a special problem when framed. The areas which have not been stitched can be seen through. So the back of the frame and the area of canvas folded over will be visible. This doesn’t make for a very pretty finished piece…
“To wait in silence is to bid farewell to earthly conversation and attention. It is that vital bridge that takes us from a carnal world to a spiritual world. This silent surrendering of the soul to God opens the door to the “higher plane” of His divine love.”
From my morning readings in “The Hour That Changes the World”, by Dick Eastman.
It seems like I always need something to listen to. I even play music to go to sleep. Silence feels threatening to me. But I am learning to embrace silence when sitting in prayer. I hope that soon I will be able to hear His voice in the silences I am able to allow.