Isaiah 41:10 – Completed!

And here is the completed piece.  All that remains is to frame it.  This will wait until I can present it to the recipient, so she can choose how it will look.

Isaiah 41:10 Stitched by Carmen CS
Isaiah 41:10 Stitched, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I pray for strength, comfort and healing for her as she faces the challenges of chronic illness.  Please help her and keep her from fear as she learns to turn trials into triumph.  Help those of us who also suffer to gather around her and give her the support which only true understanding and love can offer.

Isaiah 41:10 – Isaiah Stitched!

For the words, I want a clean look.  Simple diagonal stitches give this effect.

Isaiah 41:10 Isaiah stitched by Carmen CS
Isaiah 41:10 Isaiah stitched, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, we thank You for Your Word and Your prophets, who let us know how much you love us all, and that we can rely on You to strengthen and help us.

Isaiah 41:10 – Halo Stitched!

I stitched each segment of the halo  at 90 degree rotation to carry on that impression of outward flowing rays.

Isaiah 41:10 Halo stitched by Carmen CS
Isaiah 41:10 Halo stitched, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for her spirit, her strength, her tenacity in the face of her trials.  I pray she may feel Your strength ringing her around and supporting and see Your light ahead.

Isaiah 41:10 – Halo Segment

Remember this project?  I’ve been working on it a little at a time all this while.  I like to have different projects at different stages so I can choose what to work on.  Also, my perception of the needs of the various people I am pray for changes.

Here I have stitched the first segment of the cross’s halo.  I’m using the silver color version of the variegated gold thread I used for the background of the cross.  But the different stitch I have chosen gives a different look to the way the shades of the variegated thread play out.  I have tried here to give the impression of rays streaming outward.

Isaiah 41:10 Halo Segment by Carmen CS
Isaiah 41:10 Halo Segment, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, help her to feel Your power streaming out and to her.  I pray she may feel your love and benevolence.

 

Isaiah 41:10 – Cross Stitched!

Here you can see how the variegated threads in the words and the cross background play together.

Cross Stitched by Carmen CS
Cross Stitched, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Ministering to a Loss…

Recently I heard of a family connected with my church which had suffered a terrible, traumatic, unexpected loss.  I began to pray for them, and to seek guidance on what kind of NeedlePrayer piece, if any, would be appropriate for them.

Of course, I was drawn to Psalm 23, the Valley of Shadow, and how we need not fear “for Thou art with me.”

Then I began looking for a photograph that fitted my image.  I picked this wonderful photo by Trey Ratcliff.

The Gentle Rays by Stuck in Customs
The Gentle Rays, a photo by Stuck in Customs on Flickr.

What made this the photo was the way the valley is in such deep shadow, but the light shines golden above and rays are starting to shine down into the gloom.

Based on this, I have made this design:

Valley-of-Shadow by Carmen CS
Valley-of-Shadow, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

What do you think?  Would this be comforting to you if you had recently suffered a loss?

I just love variegated thread!

You may have noticed already in this sequence of photos that the color within each letter varies.  That’s not a product of the photography, that’s because I love variegated threads.  I think they make a piece look more natural, more alive, less poster-like. As in the fancy background stitch, the way the colors change through the letters is effected by the order in which I have stitched them and the stitch I have used.

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