My name is Karen Carter-Allen. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from Simpson College in Indianola, IA. I earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. In my last year at MTSO I took two courses in Liturgical Art. 


    I learned there what I now call visual theology. Visual is the ability to see, while theology is the ways of describing God. Thus “Visual Theology” is a way of describing and drawing people to God using what they see not just our words.


    At the website for Needling God you will find stoles, altar decorations and banners that I have designed and made. There are also hand dyed silk scarves, coloring books, and greeting cards available too. 


    Is there an image that would enhance the worship experience of your congregation? Does your congregation want to expand its visual out-reach? Is there a particular vision or visual that your congregation has gathered around? 


    Let me help connect your people visually to the words spoken and the stories told in worship. To see ways I have helped others with their vision go to If you would like to see what vision I am currently bringing into the world visit and follow me at Facebook. When you are ready to expand the visual theology of your sacred spaces I can be reached at





Textile Design for Sacred Spaces

By Karen Carter-Allen

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