Wednesday, May 1, 2013

On the "...Fire" Blog: Thread Sketching and Painting

This month on the "...Fire" Blog, I'm "up."  And I choose thread sketching and painting.  Click here for the link.

I was at a quilt show a couple of years ago and in the little sign accompanying a certain quilt, one of the techniques given was "thread-painting."  My friend and I looked all over that quilt and didn't see anything we thought would qualify as thread-painting.  It was a modern art quilt, composed of beautiful hand-dyed fabrics and artfully quilted, but we just didn't see any actual thread-painting.

I am not enough full of myself to think that I can provide the definitive definition of thread-painting, but I think that a lot of what I do qualifies as such.  So this month, my month, I want to explore the art of painting on fabric with thread.  Because it's really just another form of my favorite thing: putting color on fabric.

Here are a couple of examples to get the creative juices flowing:

Ellen Anne Eddy does amazing thread work.  Her website is here:
and her blog is here:

Terry Aske has a nice portrait of a thread-painted dog here:

Shannon Conley has a nice thread-painted dog here:

and for those who are not necessarily fans of dogs, Quilting Arts is offering a free ebook on thread painting and sketching here:

Next up: the basics.  Threads, needles, fabrics and stabilizers, oh my...


Jan said...

Love the crow/raven. Good imagery here and love your thread painting of the bamboo? and other bits. I'd definitely say you qualify as a thread painter.

Lynne said...

Wow! Shannon's dog is gorgeous! It lives up to my head's definition of thread painting for sure!

Beth said...

I can't wait to see your next post... just to see what I am doing wrong.... in my thread painting.

city said...

thanks for share..