The top one is the heavy thread I used for the trees. Next is a loose spun thread used on the darker meadow areas. Finally, the lighter meadow areas were stitched using a silk with flames, which means tighter areas and looser areas. Laid down with long stitches, these fibers show off their irregularities to make a rich background that looks complicated while actually being fast and easy to stitch!
Prayer: Father, thank You that our irregularities make us unique, beautiful, fitted for individual purposes in Your world.
Recently our pastor and his wife left for an encouragement trip to missionaries in the Philippines sent by our church 20 years ago. 20 years in the field! Perhaps this is normal, but I didn’t grow up in the church and it seems extraordinary to me!
He asked the church members to send cards of encouragement. There was just enough time for me to stitch this piece for them.
Prayer: Father, please bless this family which has devoted so much of their life to your service and service of your people. Bring them an ever closer walk, unexpected joys, long worked for successes, wisdom for their path.
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!
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…
This canvas can be stitched in an afternoon. A few lovely hours of prayer and service, focussed on others rather than myself. What a blessing for me! I just hope it is equally blessing to the people I make the pieces for.