Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Venture into Thread Sketching

Protea Fabric Sketching
The reason I wanted to try printing on fabric was that I wanted to experiment with using thread to bring out the details in the image.
I purposely manipulated the photo to ensure that it did not look like an actual photo when printed.

What followed was a lot of research into thread sketching and thread painting. I started off trying to find instructions for thread painting techniques but quickly realized that this entailed covering the entire surface of the fabric in stitching. Not what I had in mind. I just wanted to enhance the image with quilting.

This is not a tutorial on thread sketching techniques. I have no idea what I'm doing. I just wanted to share the end result because I am quite happy with it.

I used only my old Coats & Clark threads left over from before I became a thread snob. Cost: $0.

There are things I would do differently next time but, all in all, not bad for a first try.

Off to quilt the borders and experiment more with achieving permanent images.

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