Thread Art

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December 5, 2015. Wildlife art done in freestyle embroidery. Winning Best of Show at St. Cloud Festival
December 5, 2015. Wildlife art done in freestyle embroidery. Winning Best of Show at St. Cloud Festival
First thread art project is an 8x10. This picture was created from a photo I took in Wyoming. There is more work to do by adding more branches and creating a field of wildflowers that were not in the photo, but it my head. In the process, the don't are: don't press quilting don't draw image ahead of time ... just go with what comes from your hands and machine.
My first thread art project is an 8×10. This picture was created from a photo I took in Wyoming. There is more work to do by adding more branches and creating a field of wildflowers that were not in the photo, but it my head. In the process, the don’ts are: don’t press quilting and don’t draw image ahead of time … just go with what comes from your head, hands and machine.

Thread art is not simply sewing. There are many techniques for doing this from quite a few books I have been reviewing. Here are my favorite books that travel with me:

Landscape Quilts by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell published by Oxmoore House.  To summarize, their technique is clipping images from printed fabrics, glueing to specialty fabric backing, machine applique and embellished quilting. Much more to that.

Lovely Landscape Quilts by Cathy Geier, published by Fons & Porter.  Their description is “Using strings & Scraps to piece and applique scenic quilts.” Summary: Beautiful pictures but missing basic instructions to getting started. Very dependent on having expensive specialty fabrics. The strip quilting section is interesting and I plan trying it in the future.

Stitched Textiles: Landscapes, by Kathleen Matthews by Search Press. www.searchpress.com. Summary: I love this book. Truly thread art, all the information is here to get started in using a sewing machine and “free motion quilting” techniques to create textile art you can frame.

 

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  1. Dear Jan,
    Thank you for the lovely comments on my book.I am so pleased you have enjoyed reading it and it has been useful to you.
    Kathleen matthews.

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