Show Me the Way – Final Framing

This custom mat and frame set off the piece.  Wish I could do this for all my projects!

IMG_3292 - Version 2 by Carmen CS
IMG_3292 – Version 2, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

A stunning job of framing by Picture Perfect in Flemington, NJ!

Prayer: Father, we thank You that if we ask, You always do show us the way!


Show Me the Way – As Presented

And here is the piece framed, as I presented it to her.

Tulips - Temporary Frame by Carmen CS

Tulips – Temporary Frame, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

I always frame my pieces before giving them.  The last thing someone going through troubles needs it to be faced with the effort and expense of framing a piece of needlepoint!  But custom framing for so many pieces is beyond my reach.  I therefore design my pieces to fit standard frames, which are more modest in price.

When I presented this piece, she agreed with me that it would benefit from custom framing with a mat.  I’ll post a picture of the final framing once it is done!

Prayer: Father, I pray this piece will continue to bless her and remind her always to turn to You.

Show Me the Way – Stretched

Here is the piece fully stretched.  Note that you do not place pins at the corners, as that would not fit into the frame.  The piece should now look even and flat.

Tulips - Stretched by Carmen CS
Tulips – Stretched, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I pray for beauty, peace, and joy in her life and her work.

Show Me the Way – Spreading from the Centers

Next, start spreading out from the centers.  Place a pin every 1 1/2 – 2 inches.  Make sure they stay on the same line.  Pull the canvas taut as you go.

Tulips - Spreading from the Centers by Carmen CS
Tulips – Spreading from the Centers, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer:  As she shapes her life, help her to start from the center, the core things, and grow peace and harmony from there.

Show Me the Way – Centers Placed

Once the first pin is placed, pull the canvas taut and place the next T-pin in the opposite edge.   Then do the other two edges.  At this point the canvas may look worse, but just hang in there!

Tulips - Centers Placed by Carmen CS
Tulips – Centers Placed, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: When we start stretching, it can pull unpleasantly.  She stretches so much!  Father, grant her ease from the pull.

Show Me the Way – Centering on Foam Core

It is important to have the piece properly centered and evenly stretched.  Begin by marking the centers of all edges of the foam core.  You have to mark the edge of the foam core, because when you are pinning the canvas will cover the top.

Then mark the canvas at the centers of the design edges, just outside the stitched area.

Now take a T-pin and put it through a hole in the canvas at one of the center marks.  Then push it into the foam core at the corresponding center mark.  Push the pin all the way in, making sure it stays buried in the foam core.

Tulips - Centering on Foamcore by Carmen CS
Tulips – Centering on Foamcore, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: It’s all in the details.  Father, help her with making the little things right!

Show Me the Way – Ready to Stretch

I’m going to stretch this piece on foam core to prepare it for framing.  For this, I need thin foam core, and t-pins.  The foam core has to be thin enough to fit in the frame.  The piece has open-work, but the white of the foam core makes a good background for the cream of the canvas.

The first step is to cut the foam core to size.  It should be a little smaller than the space in the frame, because the canvas wrapping around the foam core will add bulk.

Tulips - Ready to Stretch by Carmen CS

Tulips – Ready to Stretch, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Sometimes the work of the days results in an uneven quality to how we perceive our lives.  Father, help her to see and appreciate the beauty of her work as a whole.

Show Me the Way – Stitched!

Here it is, all stitched!

Tulips - Stitched by Carmen CS

Tulips – Stitched, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, help her work and love come together to make her life a beautiful whole.

Show Me the Way – Text

Show me the way was her choice of phrase for this piece.  She told me it echoes what she has long felt, that throughout her life, she has been guided when she sought it.  May this piece help her always to remember to seek it.

Tulips - Show me the WAY by Carmen CS

Prayer: Father, grant her wisdom, and above all grant her comfort once she has chosen her way.

Show Me the Way – Show

Irregular diagonal stitches make up the flowing letters, designed based on the Zapfino font.

Tulips - Show by Carmen CS

Tulips – Show, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, guide her, I pray.  There are so many choices ahead of her.  Many of them may have no good answers.  Guide her in her choices.