I love to dye fabric, make thread pictures and quilt. I live in the Yukon on an acreage with my husband, 2 dogs and 34 fish. It's the 'good' life.

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Latest Thread Painting Class

Last Friday was my Thread Painting class. The weather did not help--it was minus 34 but I still had a lady drive 1.5 hours to get into town for the class! There were the usual sick people and those with commitments  and the class was a manageable 6 people.
One of the ladies brought in her mom's beautiful clamshell thread holder. I am absolutely in love with this thing. 
Isn't it fabulous?! 
And she also brought in this thread piece that a friend of her mom's had made in the 50's. It is in a very elaborate frame and I could not get a good picture without glare, but here it is. Trust me, it is quite spectacular. 

The ladies seemed to have a good time. At least I hope they did. I tend to pack a lot in the 4 hours we are together and they are such good sports. I am always amazed at their abilities..
In the end, I decided that a simple tree branch image would be the best for practice, but I threw in 3 of the my old class pieces just in case people didn't want the branches. Naturally, 4 of the 5 wanted the northern lights and trees and they had to fight over the 3 samples. Doesn't it always go like this?!  lol
The trees and northern lights one is not the picture I used. I don't have a picture of the actual piece, so I stole this off the internet to show you something like the  of the northern lights and trees picture that was used in class. 
Then time almost got away from me! I had to hurry them along to the final piece, but I am happy to say that everyone who had a working machine finished. Whew! 

But in the rush to get the piece done, I didn't have time for photos. Here is a re-enactment of how everyone felt by the end of class...


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    1. She is my co-workers puppy who I made a 'puppy' quilt for...

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    1. Boomer is Reuben's dog. Since he will never have children, this is it for him. She is now an unruly 60 pound slobbering beast. And still beautiful. :-)

  3. Amazing that 6 come out in the cold weather! That is a nice number to work with though. I suppose you must get somewhat used to the cold. I find it a struggle even here in northern NB when our days get short but yours are even more so.

  4. TWO WEEKS AGO!? Where on earth have I been!??

    I am sorry I've been missing all this. Three sick kids - since November, today is the first day they were ALL at school. ugh

    Hey - When I come up there, I want to take your class. PLEEEASE!? And can I run a postcard workshop to help pay my way??? That would be FUN.


  5. oh - and the clamshell!!! yes - and it holds bobbins too?? And the threadpainting!?? wow. All wow.


  6. oh my goodness... (look, here I am again) I just realized that the photo you 'stole off the internet' is the same one I did in chalk pastels, like... 15 or 20 years ago! Seriously. I saw it in a textbook. Geeze - I bet I still have it somewhere in an old art folder. I should find it! wow