Saturday, March 2, 2013

Thread-painting

Yesterday was a pretty good day.

I took a thread-painting class from Monika Kinner-Whalen at My Sweet Prairie.  Monika does these amazing thread-painted artworks and was generous enough to share her talents and process with us.  I've wanted to take it for ages and finally just booked a morning off and went for it. It was so much fun!
Tentative first stitches

She started us off with "cheater" fabrics, getting us to see the colours and shapes and get used to the feeling.  It's a lot like free-motion quilting.
Adding more dimension
When we were comfortable, we switched to our projects.  Monika gave us copies of chickadee photos taken by Edith Maracle (with permission, of course!) and let us choose a background fabric.  We used a lightbox to trace the main spots, used the photographs for reference and went to town!

I'm not finished yet but here's where I left off when class ended:
I grabbed some shiny black thread for his eye. Can't wait to work on it more!

I learned so much in such a short span, met some lovely quilters, and gained a new appreciation for rayon thread. If you are in the Saskatoon area and have a chance to take one of Monika's classes, I highly recommend it.  She's lovely and a wonderful teacher - so supportive!



Oh, and the Blades won their 18th game straight.  And it was a great game.  I love them even when they're losing but it's so much more fun when they're not.  GO, Blades, GO!
Ceremonial puck drop.  Nicholls (20) is the Children's Wish Foundation Point Man this year.  For every point he gets in the regular season, Acklands-Grainger donates $50 bucks to Children's Wish.  He cost them $100 last night. ;-)  yay!

23 comments:

  1. Wow...you did great with the thread painting! I would LOVE to take that class from Monika...hope she offers it again when I can join in the fun!
    (.....and Go Blades!!)

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  2. Woohoo! Great job, looks like you had fun.

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  3. Wow, how beautiful and interesting! I looked also Monika's slideshow - just amazing work! x Teje

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  4. LOVE the thread painting - especially the bird! AMaze-balls.

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  5. Love how your chickadee is coming out! Even the apples look like they were fun to start on!

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  6. WOW! This is absolutely AMAZING!!!

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  7. Whoa - your little bird is going to be so awesome! Is he going to end up on a little pillow? That sounds like a really fun class to take, I SUPER love learning new stuff.

    One hockey comment - from Chicagoland - cough-cough-BLACKHAWKS :)

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  8. You go girl! This is wonderful! I can't imagine making my machine do that ; )

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  9. Oh wow!! I can't wait to see your finished chickadee. It is going to be so wonderful.

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  10. Thread painting?! Who knew?? And it looks like you're good at it too!

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  11. looks like you did really great with the bird!

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  12. You chickadee looks like it has a great beginning! Monika is awesome. A class from her is definitely on my to-do list!

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  13. You've made a very nice start to thread-painting, Carly. I'm impressed by what you've created thus far. Sounds like knowing how to do this will go a long way toward making your FMQing more wonderful too. Good for you!

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  14. Your bird is coming along so well! How fun that you're working on thread painting. I have some thread painting on my half-finished-WIP-UFO list that I hope to get back to this year sometime, we'll see.

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  16. Um, wow! Thread painting looks so scary and complicated to me. I'm impressed!

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  17. You're ridiculous. And awesome. Ridiculously awesome.

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  18. That's amazing! I've got a book about threadpainting somewhere, but I don't think I'll ever work up the nerve to try it.

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  19. I suspect the key is to have lots of thread -- perhaps I should take out my RRSP's in order to invest in the thread! Love the way your work is progressing, and actually I just learned something just from your photos! the use of a hoop, I never thought to use one! Maybe I should try out a something simple?

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  20. I haven't thread painted in a long time, and your post makes me remember how much fun it is. You did a stellar job!

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  21. Oh my GOSH Carly, this is AWESOME! Your pictures make me so excited about this technique. So very cool. And you did an amazing job. I can't believe you are just learning it.

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  22. This looks very cool. I think your wee bird is really coming along; best thing is that it has its own personality! Cool, very cool!
    Elizabeth E.
    opquilt.com

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