Do you desire long life? A word from Saint Gregory Palamas

“Given that we desire long life, should we not take eternal life into account? If we long for a kingdom which, however enduring, has an end, and glory and joy which, great as they are, will fade, and wealth that will perish with this present life, and we labour for the sake of such things; ought we not to seek the kingdom, glory, joy and riches which, as well as being all-surpassing, are unfading and endless, and ought we not to endure a little constraint in order to inherit it? Besides, we are presupposing a kingdom free from war, which is impossible on earth, and a life without sorrow, which you can only find in heaven. So let anyone who desires these things run towards heaven and, whether the way there be easy or difficult, let him journey along it, “rejoicing in hope” and “patient in tribulation”

Saint Gregory Palamas

The Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas, Volume Two
Homily 22, page 8
Saint Tikhon’s Press

As Lent approaches, I may post other words from Saint Gregory…


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I found this new site (at least new to me) called Alphainventions. It cycles through a series of blogs that people submit, which seems to be a little addicting. The address is It is said that this will really increases the numbers of blog viewers, time will tell. It would be great to find other Orthodox needleworkers out there 🙂

Shadow Work? Mist and Shadow…

I did not know when I changed the blog theme the other day that I would have a post with a title like this – but it fits rather nicely!

Meg asked about Shadow work and how the lovely effect is created. For a rather detailed discussion on this please go to this link. Note that I said discussion 🙂 For a graphical representation of the rather simple stitch used, go here (same site, different page).

Basically, Shadow Work has most of the work on the back of the piece, which means that the color is seen as a shadow from the front. It is a simple double back stitch that crosses over on the reverse side to create a Herringbone stitch. One must be very careful to go up in the same previous hole, so a very good lamp is required. Remember that you do this sort of work on something like sheer transparent silk Organza – mine is so sheer that I lost it on top of my white tablecloth! Yep – though something WAS on top of it, so I have an excuse 🙂

Signing off for now – the clock is showing that I am past my bed-time 🙂

Forest – here are the images from my 2008 post

Forest Front

Meg asked what Forest will look like when it is completed – hopefully it will look like these images. The misty on is the front, the other photo is of the completed back.

This is called “Shadow Work” and I like it very much. It is actually quite simple, one just needs a VERY good light to work on the transparent silk organza, and a steady hand

Forest: Shadow and Mist 🙂

Forest Back