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.
One downside of variegated threads is that the way the colors blend means that vibrant colors can’t be preserved; everything gets a bit diluted. To offset this I picked some vibrant solids in the three primary colors of the tulips.
Prayer: Father, please comfort her with beauty and vibrant life in the midst of the muddles of caregiving.
To stitch the treeline at the front of the valley, I chose to use a primarily vertical stitch of varying lengths. This gives the look of dense pine forest.
Prayer: Father, in their darkest moments, help them remember that You are with them. Help them to feel you love and accept your comfort.