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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May: Sketching and Painting with Thread

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 some fabulous work with thread.  Here is a link to her website: http://www.ellenanneeddy.com/   and her blog: http://www.ellenanneeddy.com/weblog/

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...


  1. Those links certainly fit my definition of thread painting. One link didn't work though.

  2. I agree that is thread painting. We have a gal here in CT that does this beautifully. Barbara McKie. don't know if she has a website but her work is spectacular.

  3. Hi !
    I am Threadpainter !
    I have been a member of this site for a while but rarely comment but I invite you to visit my blog and have a look at what I consider threadpainting !
    I agree with you about those works that claim to be thread paintings ... huh ?

  4. Whatever it is called...I'm looking forward to experimenting with it. I've done nothing like any of this.....ever..... Should be fun!!


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