Prayer: Father, I pray for strength, comfort and healing for her as she faces the challenges of chronic illness. Please help her and keep her from fear as she learns to turn trials into triumph. Help those of us who also suffer to gather around her and give her the support which only true understanding and love can offer.
Remember this project? I’ve been working on it a little at a time all this while. I like to have different projects at different stages so I can choose what to work on. Also, my perception of the needs of the various people I am pray for changes.
Here I have stitched the first segment of the cross’s halo. I’m using the silver color version of the variegated gold thread I used for the background of the cross. But the different stitch I have chosen gives a different look to the way the shades of the variegated thread play out. I have tried here to give the impression of rays streaming outward.
You may have noticed already in this sequence of photos that the color within each letter varies. That’s not a product of the photography, that’s because I love variegated threads. I think they make a piece look more natural, more alive, less poster-like. As in the fancy background stitch, the way the colors change through the letters is effected by the order in which I have stitched them and the stitch I have used.
By doing the background first, I can even use a Sharpie to mark where the pattern goes right on the canvas through the letters. The marks will be covered once the letters are stitched, and it helps a lot when following the pattern through the maze of the letters. You can see how I used this marking technique to keep straight how the pattern flows through/around the I in this picture.
I decided to use a variegated metallic gold thread for the background of the cross, and to use one of my favorite fancy stitches to get a rich, tapestry-like effect for the cross. Having stitched many of the letters, I began stitching the background of the cross, and immediately started hitting problems keeping the fancy stitch pattern going across the letters.
Usually when stitching needlepoint, I learned to start with small areas first, then fill in the background around them. So that would indicate that I should stitch the letters first, as you can see here.