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* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
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Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

WIP #2. Because I'm on a Roll!

I can do this, right?  I can post two works-in-progress posts in one week.  I have a show in 5 weeks, so I am gearing up for it.  I plan to save the last week just for mounting, matting, and framing.  If anyone reading this is up for being hired to cut some mats for me, I would be SO grateful!  Here's a whole schwack of nearly-finished pieces in the works right now.

detail of Sundown on Valley Road

I'm starting to like that one.  I didn't at first.  I think I will repeat this one a couple times in a variety of crops and sizes.  I like the framing of that close up.  I like the idea of doing little detailed florals BIG and BIG expansive landscapes small.

Bloom 2.  mini.

Wow.  What do you think?  I am really happy with this remake.  It's only 4 by 6 inches.  It's very tiny.  It came together so effortlessly.  Maybe it was the thread choices I had this time?  The original Bloom was sold this summer before it was finished.  It measured 6x8 inches and was framed under glass to protect all the teeny stitches of thread.  I knew this composition was a winner the day I snapped that photo just east of Saskatoon.  Ahhh.  I think this one will have a new home soon.

unnamed as of yet.  in progress.

This is another teeny remake of a postcard I made for the "My Happy Place" swap.  Believe it or not, those French Knots are all one thread.  : )  I will do some very fine outlining in a faint blue rayon thread to outline the clouds.  The land and foreground will also get some WOW added.  It will be an upscaled version of the postcard.  This is a pretty typical summer scene around here.  The lines make it very content, but the colors make it very joyful.  I like this one.

The next image is a close up of a postcard I made.  This is a gift, and I tried to show off the Northern Lights.  They were SO incredible this summer!  Unfortunately, I was impatient and took this pic at night.  Can you tell it's sitting under lamplight?

postcard gift detail.

Here is another 'under the lamplight' photo of a piece that is still quite bare-bones.  I think you'll be surprised with how this one will get finished!!  I can't wait.  I am VERY happy with it so far even though it's still so crude.  It's also a remake, and because of the better threads, it's becoming an all around better piece.

6x8.  building up the threadwork first...

As you can see, I've been busy.  Last month was full of one large project and loads of paperwork.  I am one happy woman this month!  My hands are not even bothering me, so I couldn't ask for more!  ; )

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network once again! lol


Vicki W said...

I am in love with Bloom 2!

elle said...

They are all great but I especially luv the catails!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

these are all great!! I love the sunset!

LuAnn said...

My first visit here. Your work is just wonderful! Your photo earlier of the fall trees reflecting in the pond is just breathtaking. Have you thought of creating that in thread?

Becky said...

Wow! I'd say your right on track for the show! I love those cat tails in the first one, and the mini-remake is gorgeous! I bet it'll sell fast!

upstateLisa said...

your work constantly amazes me! is most of this hand sewn?

Sheila said...

I love them all, glad you shared twice in one week :-)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Share as many times as you like; I never get tired of looking at your work...beautiful.

ValerieL said...

I get your blog post sent to me each day. Your work is such a delight and your photos are a pleasure to look at. Thanks so much for sharing.

Ellie said...

I love them all but I really love your 2nd one best. The flowers are great.

M-R said...

Wow, wow, wow! Monika, your work is amazing!

Dena Wilton said...


your craft is amazing

i tried some of the stitches that you demonstrated, this is not easy, you have a gift! wow

Anonymous said...

These are so beautiful, I could never, ever choose a favorite. But, these thread pics really make me want to try it myself. Even trying to convince my niece who is artist and does wire supltures, to give it a try. Just love the details, so realistic, reminds me of my childhood on the farm. Thanks

Christie, Describe Happy said...

I really love browsing through your work. The detail and the way you capture the peacfulness of nature always sooths me! You really are on a roll... awesome!!

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