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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Another Thread Painting Finished (finally)

I have been making good on my new years resolution and have been finishing some of my thread paintings. I've posted the corrections I made on the truck at Snag Creek, and now I have completed the 'Summer Field' thread painting.

It took a very long time to get into this painting. A very long time. I think I started this almost 2 years ago…

I think it takes me so long because these pieces have to go through an ugly phase.

Then I have trouble trying to get an idea where it should go. I lose interest, and despair.
But if I let things percolate long enough (2 years?? come on!), and push through the blah stage, I get back in the groove and usually can get it done.

Then sometimes I have to let it percolate AGAIN for a long period of time to make sure the work is done. One of my favorite things is cropping the piece and getting such nice, clean edges.

And here it is finished and mounted. Yes, I did date this 2012 because that was when I took this photo and started the piece. 

At this rate, I should have my next piece done by 2016.


  1. Wow! Gorgeous thread painting. How do you manage to do such extensive thread painting and not tear, rip the background

  2. Hi Lorna. That is a good question.. In this piece, you can see there was a lot of warping, but that gets eased out when you cut it to size. I use 2 pieces of interfacing on the back. In the second picture you can see the basting stitch (in green) that I stitch around the interfacing and top piece. Then when you start sewing, the pieces hold themselves together--and nothing rips!

    Another better way I do things now is that I fuse 2 pieces of interfacing on the back and I dont have to baste at all.. Thanks for asking..

  3. It may have taken a while, but the end result is fabulous! I love the piece.

    1. Hi BJ! Long time since I have talked to you. Thanks for the kind words. :-)

  4. 2016. Lol. Pretty! Reminds me of A. H. :)

    Make more!!!