Valley of Shadow – Framed

I chose a rustic wood frame to give the piece warmth.

Valley of Shadow - Framed by Carmen CS
Valley of Shadow – Framed, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I hold them up to You for the rest of their lives.

Valley of Shadow – Stitched!

And here it is completely stitched!

Valley of Shadow - Stitched! by Carmen CS
Valley of Shadow – Stitched!, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I pray that You stay with them and grant them peace and healing without end.

Valley of Shadow – Sky Fibers

I blended two threads of variegated fiber with four solid DMC cotton fibers to make the fibers for the sky.  This will liven the sky up and make it look more real and interesting.

Valley of Shadow - Sky Fibers by Carmen CS
Valley of Shadow – Sky Fibers, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, let Your light shine into the valley and bring them hope.

Valley of Shadow – Garibaldi’s Hand-dyed Cotton Floss

As you may know, I LOVE variegated thread!  For this project, I found some hand-dyed cotton floss on eBay!

Garibaldi's Hand-dyed Cotton Floss by Carmen CS
Garibaldi’s Hand-dyed Cotton Floss, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I pray for little joys and beauties in their lives!

Valley of Shadow – Far Hills

Here are the far hills, completely stitched.

Valley of Shadow - Far Hills by Carmen CS

Valley of Shadow – Far Hills, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, lift up their eyes to the hills, where Thy help comes from…

 

Valley of Shadow – Flat Horizontal Stitching

To make the flat, split texture, I have to begin a column on the left and add stitches always on the right.  To stop myself from having to start and end threads too often, I need to keep several colors threaded at once.  Tricky!

Valley of Shadow - Flat Horizontal Stitching by Carmen CS
Valley of Shadow – Flat Horizontal Stitching, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Making it through the valley is not straightforward.  Healing can be painful, draining, challenging.  Father, give them the strength to heal!

 

Valley of Shadow – Under Haze

The hills on the far side of the valley are seen through streaky haze.  To give this impression, I’ve gone with horizontal stitches making a fairly flat texture.

Valley of Shadow - Under Haze by Carmen CS

Prayer: Beyond the valley there is land, land which is green and growing.  Although it seems far away, and maybe even inaccessible while they are in the valley.  Father, I pray that they find their way out of the valley into the life beyond.