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Friday, 17 October 2014

Busy. Happy. Threadpainting.

Hello!  I thought I'd show you more of what I've been up to with one of the commissions.  It's a smaller sized version of the Spring Storm that was inspired by photos I took off of Grasswood Road 2 years ago after a tornado warning had lifted.  I've always loved that heavy sky over the bright field.  Here is the current progress on this piece.


I love the sky.  It's the perfect piece of batik.  As I'm threadpainting, I keep a working mat nearby to see how it is filling in.  It helps to understand where I'm going with the composition.

work in progress - Spring Storm commission

It's not done yet!  The machine work is nearly complete.  Now I'm ready to do some hand work with 12 weight threads.  12 weight is heavier that regular sewing thread.  With it, I'm stitching more texture into the dried cattails by embroidering straight stitches and lumpy french knots at the tops.  This is what the old autumn cattails look like the next spring.


Isn't it amazing how complete it looks with the matting, and how loose and undone it looks without?  I'm not sure how well you can see the handwork, but I'll post a nice clear image once it's complete.

Have a great weekend!
( no open studio this weekend - announcement coming soon... )

Back to work.   - stitch - stitch - stitch -


9 comments:

Nicole said...

Your work is just so beautiful. Have a lovely weekend.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

It's looking wonderful Monika. You certainly use great variety of threads types, thicknesses and colours.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow. I found you by doing a search on thread painting and I just love your work and that you love Canada so much. I am officially inspired and need to get down to my snow cave, which is my quilting space in the basement. My two windows are covered by snow about 4 to 5 months of the year so I just started calling it MY snow cave. Thank you for sharing your beautiful art.

Gail Brown

Vicki W said...

So glad you are loving your new space!

Terri said...

When you said "Isn't it amazing" that's where I said "Absolutely!". Your work is!
Love it.
Hugs

Sheila said...

I would love to be leaning over your shoulder when you are stitching :-) lovely work as usual .

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

Thank you all so much!! : )

Jodie Zollinger said...

Beautiful work as usual, keep it up!

Threadpainter said...

Fabulous !!

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