All posts tagged: Thread painting

A Mixture of Measures.

Today has been a mixture of measures. Juggling the norm to create something new. As well as family pleasures I bought 3 new pairs of glasses, a blue pair, a black and white pair and a black and orange pair ! (those of you who know me, know my passion for unusual glasses)  Family pleasures was spending time with Grandie Jaya, aged 3 who is staying with us for a few days and Baby Jay who had his first visit to our house this evening. Then it was back to work. In completing my latest project in thread painting I’ve  needed to study the subject very carefully. It’s my own image, I know it very intimately, I have actually drawn every piece of fur before committing it to thread. I have a number of photo images to follow, and I try to capture the image in thread as close to the photo as possible. Fur is interesting to do. I actually lay down a light layer, next a medium thread color, a dark final layer …

Threadpainting – or should we call it using the sewing machine in an interesting way?

Of course the day didn’t go as planned… I think is been like that for the past week. I have scribbles in the diary that need to change in a flash with the needs of the family and in between times I’ve been planning events for the rest of the year and working on projects.

Today was to be purely work in the studio….. hiccup. that didn’t happen. An outing with a daughter that needed a break was the go and we both enjoyed it. So the work happened in the early hours of the morning before her visit and late afternoon.

OK, I will forget that I saw we were next to the Chica Chica Boom Boom lap dance parlour and I can cope with the balcony.

Oh my goodness, its  while since I was able to devote time to the blog. Indeed, I did have a few problems with the internet. In Italy, I paid to have a superior room with good internet in my room. I nearly choked when they opened the door, It was very late, dark and I had been traveling for 15 hours from France to Amsterdam, back to France and then Italy… so I was in no mood to argue. The room was so small, with just a foot at the end of the bed, a foot on the left hand side and 2 feet on the right hand side where my desk was situated. "BUT madam", he said with a sweep of his arm, "You have a balcony" I popped through the door and there was a huge private balcony overlooking the suburbs of Rome and I thought, OK, I will forget that I saw we were next to the Chica Chica Boom Boom lap dance parlour and I can cope with the balcony. I …

Cat, Cat, Quilt.

I've worked in the studio all day, but a  chest infection has held me back from going full pelt. cough, cough. Its the gifts our Grandies give us… !!! I concentrated on the cat quilt today and I got quite a bit completed. I'm blessed with having 3 Janomes' set up on the big table. I have the same foot on each machine, a combination free motion foot with the open toe component. One has grey thread on it, one has black and the other cream, so I just go from one to the other. It means I can layer thread over the top of the previous  color sewn.   You might notice that I've illustrated and colored images in the background, behind the cats head. I put the quilt over my light box and the pattern of the base fabric showed through which made it easy to see and trace through to the fabric the cat is on. Now its looking more dimensional. I'm not really sure how its going to be finished… I …

Cats eyes.

I worked on the blocks around the House Quilt today and then began to quilt the the cat quilt. I need to work on the threadpainting during the day, the light is better, but the first thing I wanted to do was to  change the color  the eyes to blue green. Which I did by painting them in the computer. I printed the picture of the eyes out quite large so I could copy the color more accurately. I'm using 40 weight magnfico Superior thread, single stitch I'm happy with them. Thy need to be the feature of the quilt. You can't tell from this photo but I've quilted almost all of the light color and I've finished the eyes. I'm using tiny stitches following the angle of the fur. Some are just an eighth of an inch long, many of them are a single thread, you can't stitch back over them because they get too thick and look like a stitch rather than an illustration. Oh, well I have a whole day to work …