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!
Now the tubing must be expanded to cover the filling. The most important thing is to keep track of both ends of the filling. Don’t let them get swallowed by the tubing!
Start by holding on to the short end of the filling. Then grab the other end of the tube and pull it down toward the other end of the filling. Its bunches will pull out as you do this.
Once you’ve got the far end moving, pause and pull the near end of the tubing up to just reach the end of the filling. Grab hold of this end firmly and don’t let the filling end pull down. Then just keep pulling the other end of the tubing until it just reaches the other end of the filling.
Voila! Custom-filled tubing fiber!
Prayer: Father, I thank you that my life is more beautiful with You surrounding me!
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.