Reaching for Faith – Tubing – Finishing the Filled Fiber

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!

Reaching - Tubing - Pulling the Tube On by Carmen CS
Reaching – Tubing – Pulling the Tube On, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

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.

Reaching - Tubing - Expanding the Tube by Carmen CS
Reaching – Tubing – Expanding the Tube, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

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.

Reaching - Tubing - Filled by Carmen CS
Reaching – Tubing – Filled, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Voila!  Custom-filled tubing fiber!

Prayer: Father, I thank you that my life is more beautiful with You surrounding me!

Reaching for Faith – Tubing – Feeding the Filling Through

To feed the filling into the tube, thread it onto a large dull needle.   Leave only a very short tail.

Reaching - Tubing - Starting the Fill by Carmen CS
Reaching – Tubing – Starting the Fill, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Then insert it into one end of the tube.

Reaching - Tubing - Feeding onto the Needle by Carmen CS

Stroke the tube from the end of the needle until it bunches up near the head.  Make sure the needle doesn’t pierce the tube.  If it does, just back it off.  My right hand is grabbing the bunch so it doesn’t let go, while my left strokes the tube.

Reaching - Tubing - Tube Fed On by Carmen CS
Reaching – Tubing – Tube Fed On, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Here the tube is completely bunched up on the needle.

Reaching - Tubing - Pulling the Filling Through by Carmen CS
Reaching – Tubing – Pulling the Filling Through, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Finally, pull the bunched tube down off the needle onto the filling.  Pull the filling through until the loose end comes free, and unthread it from the needle.

Prayer: Father, help me to find You in all the details and little chores of life and craft and ministry.

Reaching for Faith – Tubing – Tube and Filling

Where the arch passes behind the flame, I wanted it to look like it shone through.  To get this effect, I used a tubular rayon ribbon, which can be filled with another fiber.  I used 2 strands from the flame fiber as the filling.

Reaching - Tubing - Tube and Filling by Carmen CS
Reaching – Tubing – Tube and Filling, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I want you to shine through my life!  Please wrap me in Your love and You light.

Reaching for Faith – Arch Bricks

To stitch the arch, I thought it would be appropriate to use the Brick stitch.

Reaching - Arch Bricks by Carmen CS
Reaching – Arch Bricks, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, please strengthen my faith.  Help me to build it strong, wide, and straight.

Reaching for Faith – the Doorway

The spirit dove is appearing coming through an arch or doorway.  For me, this represents faith, through which I can invite God into my life.

Reaching - in progress by Carmen CS
Reaching – in progress, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I knock, and you open the door to me.  Help me to remember to knock often, to seek with all my heart, to ask to be allowed to walk with You!

Reaching for Faith – Variegated Mottle

Instead of stitching lines, a different look results if you stitch in swirls.  Lovely mottled visual texture!

Reaching - var mottle by Carmen CS
Reaching – var mottle, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the joys of creation!

Reaching for Faith – Variegated Flames

For other areas of the flames, I varied the order in which I placed the stitches to let the variegated threads lay colors down in the direction of the flames.  In this close-up, the golden yellow area was stitched using basket weave, but the other areas were stitched following the contours of the flame.  This changes the way the striping of the variegated colors flows onto the piece.

Reaching - var flames by Carmen CS

Reaching – var flames, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, direct my work and my hands for Your glory.