I decided to have “Reaching for Faith” professionally blocked and framed. Here it is, complete!
Prayer: Father, I praise You and thank You for making us artists, in Your image. Help me to do my art for Your glory.
Here is the fully stitched piece.
You can see that the canvas has gotten somewhat distorted during stitching. Blocking the piece will correct this.
Prayer: Father, the process of going through life can stretch us. Thank You that Your grace and love can always bring us back to our full beauty, as You intended us to be.
There are many books that can give you fancy stitches for a variety of looks. My favourite is
Sometimes it’s just fun to mix it up!
Prayer: Father, help me to find creative ways to enjoy my life and service.
The initial inspiration for this piece was seeing Romanji, my little black cat, silhouetted against a window with stained glass privacy film. Romanji is black with the occasional white hair peeking through.
I liked the idea that he cat should not be totally black, and added a variegated black-to-grey fiber into the flat DMC black thread to get this effect.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of free will. Help me to make choices that bring me further into the light, and turn away from the dark.
For me, the cat represents me and my sinful nature, yearning for the peace, love, and healing that only God’s love can provide. Those claws are not out. Faith directs my tentative reaching.
Prayer: Father, I know that only Your love can save me. Thank You for sending Your Spirit to guide me in my life choices.
And here is what the filled tubing stitches up like. You can see the variegated colors of the filling through the tubing completing the look of the flame, but it also seems that the arch continues.
Prayer: Father, shine through and over my darks and lights.