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Friday, 13 April 2012


No - I'm not in Australia.  : )  I am, however, working on a commission for a woman in Australia.  Oh the wonders of the internet!  She saw my blog and asked a while ago if I could do a threadpainting of a special place called Denmark.  Confused?  So was I at first.  There is a Denmark in Australia.  Here is the photo she sent along to me.

At first, I was concerned about the end result simply looking like one giant mess of threads.  She also wants a 4x6 size, which is a lot of teeny tiny information when it's shrunk down that small.  I interviewed her further to find out what parts of this photo make her fall in love with it.  What's really important to her?  I might not notice what she's noticing.  After much contemplation, I cropped it in to be a vertical piece to help show off the height of the trees.  I sketched it too to help me notice things before I start sewing.

I showed her a few crop options and she liked this one.  I also pumped up the volume of the first photo to make the greens more brilliant.  The original photo had a lower saturation.  So then I pulled out the colors...

There are some brilliant, shiny rayon and cotton Wonderfil threads, some Mettler cotton in variegated, one Sulky that has terrific light yellow highlights, Connecting Threads greens that I'll blend in, and that top grey is a 30 cent Trident bargain spool... it's the right color for the treetops as they fade into the light of the sky.  I try to stick with the good stuff, but I am picky about getting the right color... so Trident it is!

The background fabrics are on the canvas and ready to go.  There's only two - light blue and and a leaf green.  Now I wait for my kids to go back to school before I start this one because... well, you know what I'm talking about.   )  have a great weekend!  And thank you Megan!  I'm excited to try this one out.


Tara said...

I can't wait to watch this one take shape.

Annette said...

I realy like how you show us the steps you take on the journey for each of the thread paintings that you share with us. I can't wait to see this one take shape.
in stitches

Kit Lang said...

love your thread selection!

Megan said...

Ooooooh, I'm so excited! Love the colours and very interesting to see how you plan it out! Don't blame you at all for waiting til the kids are back at school. x

Karen said...

Love all those greens - can't wait to see it!

upstateLisa said...

swooning over all those green threads! it looks like a beautiful spot!

HollyM said...

What a fun process! I do understand your original concern because the photo is rather banal. It's great that you could work with it and I love the cropped upright version; it is about the trees. Green is my favorite color too. It will be lovely!

Tina Eudora said...

Oh I can hardly wait to see how it turns out! I have been itching to try my hand at an art quilt for ages and maybe this summer I will finally give it a try! I will watch for the updates!
Tina xo

Ellie said...

This one looks a bit challenging but I'm sure you will manage it fine. I can't wait to see it being transformed into one of your pieces of art.

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

Your work is extremely beautiful and sometimes I hate to check out your blog because it makes me envious and that is not a good thing. Love it.

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