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Monday, 18 April 2011

On Threadpainting

Yesterday was a weird day.  It was sunny, above zero, with icy wind and a gentle snow that never did hit the ground.  I took a nice long walk alone to the library to hear Jane Kenyon speak.  Jane is an internationally reknown fibre artist originally from Saskatoon, who now resides in B.C.  Jane thread paints very large pieces (up to 72") from very small photo-shopped photographs.  She works on heavy soluble with rayon and produces supple woven-like pieces.  In attendance were members of the Saskatoon Quilters' Guild as well as the Saskatoon Spinners & Weavers' Guild.


I enjoyed hearing her speak about her infatuation with photographing subjects for her fibre inspirations.  I remember hearing budding authors being told to "write what you know".  It's the same with art.  You need to really study your subjects and truly know them. "Sew what you know".  How true.

photo shoot this weekend

Some things I already knew about thread painting (use a topstitch needle, work on a grid like cheese cloth or stitch your own onto solvy).  Some things were new to me.  Eureeka!  She mentioned that she uses two threads in one needle while threadpainting.  The only time I've used 2 threads is to get the right effect or color while handstitching.  Cross-stitchers do that.  I hadn't thought of threading my rayon like that for machine sewing.  I definitely will try next time I'm working on a field...which won't be too long.

isn't rayon pretty?

Gosh.  I couldn't imagine working so big!  She had stitched six foot pieces.  She said some pieces take 3 to 8 weeks of daily 8hr/day sewing!  That's a woman who buys her needles by the box.

When I did the Rosehips on soluble, there was a lot of white fibre left behind after soaking it in a bath.  Jane mentioned how frustrated she was with that paper-like soluble product, and suggested the cellulose soluble (UltraSolvy) which looks like a thick sheet of clear plastic.  I will have to try that.  I wonder who sells it locally?  I know lots of fibre artists in the UK use it too (videos by Jan Beany & Jean Littlejohn for instance).

the stuff that doesn't work, though the cheesecloth is great.

Then I had a nice walk home in the middle of the afternoon.  The sun was very warm on my face.  I'm glad I went.  I've never taken a class or workshop in anything I do.  I couldn't help but wonder how my work will tranform after fifteen years of stitching.  Oh my, I smiled all the way home!

~Monika

6 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You know you could do a large piece. your work is fantastic!! I like the leaf shown above.....I am an old school hand quilter..which I enjoy. but like to try new things...like FMQ a little landscaping...dabbling. But don't know much about needles and threads....practice makes perfect,eh....lol

Scrappy quilter said...

Sounds like a wonderful time with lots of information. Love those kind of classes. C is just starting some thread stuff with sewing. She bought some needles and rayon thread yesterday while in the city. I can't wait to see what she creates. Hugs

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Sounds like a really nice discussion for you to attend! No harm in picking up other tips and tricks. And it's great that you got to have a nice walk to and from!! I managed to get in some hiking/walking with the dog.. pure bliss!!

fabriquefantastique said...

uplifting post.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Sounds like a great presentation! She must buy thread by the truck load!
I love your picture of the cloud...???next fibre art????

My Sweet Prairie said...

I got it! I got it! I have the best invention ever... water-soluble pins that you can stitch right over. hey!?????

: )
~Monika

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