I chose a rustic wood frame to give the piece warmth.
Prayer: Father, I hold them up to You for the rest of their lives.
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.
Prayer: Father, let Your light shine into the valley and bring them hope.
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!
Prayer: Making it through the valley is not straightforward. Healing can be painful, draining, challenging. Father, give them the strength to heal!
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.
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.
Here I have stitched the valley and its walls. Somehow when we are in the valley, it seems like there’s no possible way out. So I stitched the wall using parallel vertical strokes to give that feeling of being trapped beneath cliffs.
Prayer: Father, when they feel trapped in the valley, trapped in their grief, help them to remember that You are there with them. Help them to walk with You and trust that You can lead them out.
Here’s a concept layout. I think this is the photo you liked, and the font for Faith is Harrington. The rest of the quote would be in plain block letters.
In 20 point, this would be 9″x6″, and is just at the limit of what I think will provide good detail on her face.
If you were willing to go finer, it could get smaller or more detailed. Going to a larger size would also allow more detail. Maybe standard letter size, in landscape? Or would you want to keep the book smaller?
Here’s a layout of the verse for Bella. It takes up about 175 pixels in width. So on 20 point canvas, it would be about 9 inches wide. I don’t know how this compares on cross-stitch fabric…
Prayer: Father, we lift Bella up to you. Please be with her, and help her to walk with you.