A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Thread painting - the freedom of motion
I used to find thread painting tedious several years ago. But about 4
years back I started to make monoprints and dye-painted wholecloth-quilts and I’ve
realized, that intensive machine quilting was that, what I wanted on the
surface. I’m still not quite sure where the definition machine quilting ends
and where thread-painting starts but that is no matter for me.
As said, the first intensely quilted piece was this monoprint: Earth Lines #2. I used free motion
quilting and Madeira thread.
Earth Lines #2
A few months later I started to use Aurifil and has been with it since.
I love the textures, the colours and I use them in different weights. I’m
rather unorthodox in these things and do use them mixed.
These two monoprints are intensively quilted, but they mightn’t
“qualify” as thread-painting. Though for me the definition has more to do with
spontaneously sewn lines on the surface, just like drawing with a pencil. Moving around, drawing thin lines has the quality of sketching - looking for "the right line" with your pencil. Not each line is supposed to have a perfect sit, I can improvise and this gives me a kind of freedom I cheerish.
Leaves of Grass
The last one I’d like to show is a dye-painted wholecloth-quilt called Long Shadows and I did it as the others,
rather spontaneous, just “drawing with the machine.”