Posts Tagged ‘thread painting’

I put in a long day on this one, because I wanted to thread paint the figure. That means using the machine in free motion stitching mode to “paint” with different thread colors until the original image is completely colored.  Like a coloring book!

I was moved by an article I read about Flint, MI, being stuck with a poor decision by a city manager, who decided to save money and take the city’s drinking water from the Flint River.  It was full of contaminants, and some children now have permanent brain damage from lead poisoning.  The river faintly running through the city reference is the Flint River.

This one is all fabric — no papers or found objects.  The every day item is the horsey, now purchased and ready to pose for me at a moment’s notice.  Today he gets to fly to the moon.

Which leads me to the obvious title, Fly Me to the Moon.  Size 19.5 x 16.5

The link to the 30 for 30 Art Challenge is

On to the next one! Back to the mail box theme I think.  We’ll see what happens.


Blue Abstract

This started with a photo I took using my phone while walking. What caught my eye was the composition – all of those blue angles and shapes in the old Heppenstall factory building in Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh).
I got it printed on cloth with the intention of cutting it up and collaging it.
But the composition resisted being cut up. So I left it whole, and decided to “thread paint” it. To answer the usual questions: yes, it takes a long time. I can finish an area approximately 3 by 3 inches in 2 and a half hours (an evening’s work for me). Yes, it takes a lot of thread. Thousands of yards of it. Sometimes I have a “thread emergency” when I need a certain color, and have to take the 30 minutes drive to Joann Fabrics. But I do enjoy it. It really feels like painting. A lot of the same principles apply. I analyze an area first, then stitch in the accent colors, letting the threads connect between the areas. After that I stitch the main color or colors in an area. That covers up the connecting threads from the accent areas.
And of course, finally, I add my found objects, little treasures that caught my eye while I walk 10,000 steps a day.
The size is 14 x 20 inches.

I dropped off some new pieces for the Shop at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. In case you are not familiar with this beautiful shop showcasing local artists, it is housed in the PCA’s Marshall building at 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15232.

“Pink Awning”  is a small stitched photo on cloth. It is floated in the frame, and measures 8.5 x 10.” It was inspired by my walks around the neighborhood. The pattern of the morning shadow on the houses is what caught my eye.