Vincent's stained glass window close up

A Stained Glass Dream

a work in (slow) progress



Winterfest is always inspiring. The energy of the tunnels begets ideas. 

And this week, just Thursday, I started a design for a new BatB-themed stained glass piece. No, not a full-fledged, accurately detailed “Vincent’s Window” – that’s still far beyond my novice abilities. But something at least … representative.

Right now, it’s all “on paper”, but with stained glass, that’s a big first step. I thought I’d picture here what led me to at least a “semi-final” design. (There’ll be many tweaks along the way, once I get started.) 

This work of glass came through my Pinterest feed.
I’m sure you’ll see what I saw!

a stained glass piece I saw on Pinterest of a long haired figure in front of a chandelier

Vincent, of course.
And in the next moment, I thought of this …

a screencap of Vincent's lit window and lit chandelier

Could I possibly make this work, I wondered?

So I got out some pencils and, after a half-dozen starts, came up with this rendering of what I thought to do.

A colored pencil rendering of the stained glass idea - Vincent in his room in front of his window and chandelier

After dozens of redrawings, resizings, and line levelings, I managed a fairly decent working pattern. It still needs a lot of work. I’m hoping to make it a large piece – at least 22 x 16 inches – because larger cuts of glass are so much easier to shape and foil!


stained glass pattern of Vincent in his room with his window and chandelier in the background

Hopefully, by next Winterfest, I’ll have something more to show you than this. It might turn out to be more than I can handle, but dreams are so necessary. Wish me luck!

Thanks for visiting! Happy Winterfest, everyone!



  1. Carole, I wish you the very best of luck with this! When it’s done, I think it will be stunning. And you’ll have a one of a kind vision that’s all yours, in every way. Bravo, for dreaming this lovely dream! Cindy

    • Thanks, Cindy. I’m already seeing lines that need *more* leveling and lines the need re-angling. But this community offers a safe place for sharing even one’s first drafts. The courage to try new things — what a tunnel gift!

  2. OMGosh, this is gonna be so awesome! You are so creative!

    • Fingers crossed I can get it going, L B. I know there are some impossible cuts in the pattern right now, since I don’t have a glass saw (a dream tool). But the process is fun, and hope springs eternal! 😀

  3. That is going to be amazing!

  4. Carole, your creativity, both artistic and literary, knows no bounds! Wishing you all the best.

    • Gosh, Heather, thank you. Your very kind words make me want to work harder. ❣️

  5. What a lovely design. I can’t wait to see the updates.

  6. Wow, this is amazing, Carole, good luck! I have a feeling you will make it work. It’s so interesting that it all starts with a drawing. I never knew that. What do you use to cut the glass? I once attended a school that offered a stained glass class. I really wanted to take that class, but , unfortunately, it didn’t work out. It’s such a beautiful and mysterious, for lack of a better word, art form.


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