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.
And here is the piece framed, as I presented it to her.
I always frame my pieces before giving them. The last thing someone going through troubles needs it to be faced with the effort and expense of framing a piece of needlepoint! But custom framing for so many pieces is beyond my reach. I therefore design my pieces to fit standard frames, which are more modest in price.
When I presented this piece, she agreed with me that it would benefit from custom framing with a mat. I’ll post a picture of the final framing once it is done!
Prayer: Father, I pray this piece will continue to bless her and remind her always to turn to You.
Next, start spreading out from the centers. Place a pin every 1 1/2 – 2 inches. Make sure they stay on the same line. Pull the canvas taut as you go.
Prayer: As she shapes her life, help her to start from the center, the core things, and grow peace and harmony from there.
Once the first pin is placed, pull the canvas taut and place the next T-pin in the opposite edge. Then do the other two edges. At this point the canvas may look worse, but just hang in there!
Prayer: When we start stretching, it can pull unpleasantly. She stretches so much! Father, grant her ease from the pull.
It is important to have the piece properly centered and evenly stretched. Begin by marking the centers of all edges of the foam core. You have to mark the edge of the foam core, because when you are pinning the canvas will cover the top.
Then mark the canvas at the centers of the design edges, just outside the stitched area.
Now take a T-pin and put it through a hole in the canvas at one of the center marks. Then push it into the foam core at the corresponding center mark. Push the pin all the way in, making sure it stays buried in the foam core.
Prayer: It’s all in the details. Father, help her with making the little things right!