Sunday, April 05, 2009

Weave me Lord

One of my most favorite hymns is "One Faith One Love" which is to the tune of Finlandia by Jean Sibelius. My most favorite verse is the second one. Here are the words to this verse:

"Our many lives are woven, fitly blended
As tapestry, created by Thy Hand.
Within each thread, Thy Glory is extended,
With every color, quality and strand.
Upon thy loom, our differences become one
A pleasing tribute to Thee and Thy Son."

I hummed this tune while working on the project I'm sharing with you today. Here is my Woven Basket. The tutorial is the one that was offered on Splitcoast Stampers this week and one that at first I shied away from. Tooo complicated...but then I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try it out. In order to not waste good cardstock (in case I had to scrap it! LOL!) I used a 12 x 12 sheet of some thinner weight black cardstock. Honestly, the most time consuming aspect was cutting out all the different sized pieces! I actually made this basket twice--but the first time, I got to the end and my basket was too big for my finishing trim to fit! So then I had to take it all apart and start again--the second time went much faster since I knew what I was doing! And this time I got it the size that I needed. Seriously, if I can do it--anyone can do it! LOL!

Project Details
Woven Basket Tutorial
Image: "Sprout" (Paper Makeup); Ink: "Coal Black" (Ancient Page); Coloring Medium: WC pencils w/blender pen; Paper: CS-black (from stash); Misc.: silver brads, white ribbon w/black flowers, sticky strip, Stickles ("Stardust" and "Black Diamond")

This basket reminds me how patient God is as He weaves our lives--taking each strand and putting it in a place that will create our life's tapestry. He helps us work through the snags and even though the work on the loom make look like a mess in our eyes, we can have faith that He is in control and the result is going to be a masterpiece and something that will glorify Him.

I, like many of you I'm sure, sometimes want to try to weave it myself--to suggest which "threads" might make the final product better--and then through time I learn that my choice of "threads" weren't the best--
But God steps in and takes them back from my hands...

and reminds me gently

"I am the Master Weaver-Trust in me and I will make your life's tapestry more beautiful then you could ever imagine--just let go and let Me".

And so I pray my simple prayer...

"Weave me Lord"

May you all have a fabulous and blessed week!

7 Words of Love:

Callie said...

Lisa this is BEAUTIFUL! I'm hoping to try this project today! I LOVE how yours turned out though

Kim said...

That's incredible, Lisa! I still can't believe that's a handmade basket - great job!

Sprytebyrd said...

Great job, Lisa! It's perfect!

NormaJean said...

Lisa you made one, it is so good. wow lisa!!

Meli Palmer said...

What a beautiful posting! The basket looks fantastic.

Lisa Kind said...

Wow! This looks exactly like a real woven wicker basket! Great job! Love it in the black, too!


Christi Flores said...

This is amazing Lisa!! Wow!!!

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