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.

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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!

Show Me the Way – Final Framing

This custom mat and frame set off the piece.  Wish I could do this for all my projects!

IMG_3292 - Version 2 by Carmen CS
IMG_3292 – Version 2, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

A stunning job of framing by Picture Perfect in Flemington, NJ!

Prayer: Father, we thank You that if we ask, You always do show us the way!

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!