tree branches in thread

Most evenings, after the studio closes for customer work, you can find me back in the studio working on my own pieces.   I find the quiet of the evenings is my most productive time for artwork.

Last night I continued on the thread painting of the branches in the tree on my latest landscape.  This landscape is based on the same photo I used for “Overlook”, but worked in a different season, with a few different elements into it.  Eventually I can envision all 4 seasons done with this same base photograph.

For this one I started my thread painting with an Aurifil gray variegated thread.  That put down my stabilizing stitching in the colorway I am using.  Then I switched to a King Tut black/white/grey for the main bark on the tree.  I’ll follow this with returning to the Aurifil thread for the highlights on sun in the bark.

I am anticipating another 3, possibly 4 evenings of thread painting on this tree before it is completed.  Yes, that’s a LOT of thread painting, but my goal is to use the thread to emphasize the dimension in the tree and also to give a raised relief to the piece.  That takes a lot of thread and a lot of care to do, but isn’t it fun watching an idea come to life?

If you missed my class on the first landscape “Overlook”, it is being offered again, through Quilters Loft in Mooresville, NC on Saturday, January 23rd.

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