Next up is the Luna Moth. Designing it in isolation highlights for me its beauty and fragility.
Prayer: Father, our fragile lives shine in the darkness. Help us to protect that light while letting it shine out to others.
I typically design each element against a blank background. This simplifies the process, focusses my eye on the element, and makes the boundary of the element clear.
But after designing each element, it’s important to plug it in to the overall image. This checks that the design is coming together well.
Prayer: Father, help her and her caregivers to focus on each element of her treatment, while keeping the larger context of her life in mind.
The next step is to design each element at size. I start with the foreground elements, then do the background. So the first order of business is the moon.
The challenge is to show the brighter and darker areas we see and know, while still giving an overall impression of luminescence.
Prayer: Father, even as You made her a light in the darkness, let her find Your light in her troubles.
One of the key things that must be done when designing a needlepoint piece is cutting the millions of colors and shades in a photo down to a manageable palette of colors. They must be different enough that the person stitching the design can tell them apart, but close enough that the color changes aren’t too dramatic.
I find that six shades of grey from white through black inclusive is about right. Other colors can support a similar range of shades.
So I pick colors for the palette from the layout, keeping these guidelines in mind. I arrange them in a grid so I can pick paint colors.
Prayer: Father, I thank You for the beauty and intricacy of creation. Help her to appreciate Your work all around her.
When asked if she had a favorite verse or catch phase she’d like included on the piece, her answer was “Always Victory!” What a great attitude!
I move from Adobe Photoshop to Adobe Illustrator for the rest of the design work, including the placement of her message, using my favorite font, Zapfino.
Prayer: Father, we know that You grant us victory in all things through faith in You!
Here is the fully stitched piece.
You can see that the canvas has gotten somewhat distorted during stitching. Blocking the piece will correct this.
Prayer: Father, the process of going through life can stretch us. Thank You that Your grace and love can always bring us back to our full beauty, as You intended us to be.