Reaching for Faith – Framed!

I decided to have “Reaching for Faith” professionally blocked and framed.  Here it is, complete!

Reaching for Faith Framed by Carmen CS
Reaching for Faith Framed, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I praise You and thank You for making us artists, in Your image.  Help me to do my art for Your glory.

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Reaching for Faith – Stitched!

Here is the fully stitched piece.

You can see that the canvas has gotten somewhat distorted during stitching.  Blocking the piece will correct this.

Reaching - Unblocked 2 by Carmen CS
Reaching – Unblocked 2, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

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.

Reaching for Faith – Stained Glass 2

There are many books that can give you fancy stitches for a variety of looks.  My favourite is

The Needlepoint Book: A Complete Update of the Classic Guide: Jo Ippolito Christensen: 9780684832302: Amazon.com: Books.

Sometimes it’s just fun to mix it up!

Reaching - lower right by Carmen CS
Reaching – lower right, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, help me to find creative ways to enjoy my life and service.

Reaching for Faith – Stained Glass

To make the stained glass, I used a variety of variegated threads to give the colors.  I also used fancy stitching to suggest different kinds of textured glass.

Reaching - upper right by Carmen CS
Reaching – upper right, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I praise You for the complexity and beauty of Your creation.

Reaching for Faith – Fur Highlights

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.

Reaching - fur highlights by Carmen CS
Reaching – fur highlights, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

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.

Reaching for Faith – The Cat

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.

Reaching - Cat by Carmen CS
Reaching – Cat, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I know that only Your love can save me.  Thank You for sending Your Spirit to guide me in my life choices.

Reaching for Faith – Through the Flames

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.

Reaching - Through the Flames by Carmen CS
Reaching – Through the Flames, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, shine through and over my darks and lights.