Since January, I have decided to try some new techniques in the
area of art quilts. Thread sketching is the one area that fascinates me.
Thread sketching involes taking a photo, making a copy, fusing on
different colored fabric pieces, and adding the detail with thread.
If you want to know more about it, check out Susan Brubaker Knapp,
over at Blue Moon River.com. She is one amazing art quilter.
I have a copy of her book “Point, Click, Quilt” and I am
using the examples in this book to begin my new adventure.
Susan’s book on thread sketching
This whole process begins with a picture that is blown
up. The next step involves tracing around each area of the
photo so that templates can be made from them.
Agave plant tracing
I decided to try out the Agave plant and here is the tracing
that is provided in the book. It merely needs to be enlarged
and fabrics chosen for each piece. There are 4 different shades
of green to be chosen. Once the fabrics are chosen, some type
of fusible webbing must be ironed onto the wrong sides of the
fabric pieces. Steam -a-seam, Wonder Under , or Misty Fuse
are some of the fusible webbings out there. I chose to use Misty
Fuse, as I find that the other products are too thick for quilting.
All of the stitching was completed on my longarm and even it
protested when there were triple layers of the fabric and Misty
Fuse to stitch through. Once this step is done, the fun can now begin.
Fabric pieces all ironed on and ready for thread sketching.
Here is the piece with all the fabric attached and ready for the
next step: thread sketching. Before, I forget, a heavy
stabilizer is also placed under this piece before the
thread sketching can begin. The reason for this is due to
the fact that the fabric will bunch up if there is no
stabilizer under it to hold all that stitching.
The backing and batting are also not added just yet.
So, off to the races we go. All the detail is added by
stitching with different colored threads. It is really
quite fascinating to watch as the piece
comes to life with each different colored thread that is added.
Finished Agave plant
Here is the finished piece. After all the thread sketching is done,
the batting ,backing, and quilting can now be done. You must think
about which areas you would like to come forward and which areas
you want to recede. Here, I quilted around the agave spikes so that the
plant would look like it’s coming forward. The blue sky was
quilted heavily so that the whole plant would come forward as
Close up of thread sketching.
All the pointy spikes on the plant were added with a tan
Another close up
I think that my only beef was that I didn’t pick dark
enough colors for some spikes of the plant. Something to
remember for the next piece.
I thoroughly enjoyed this experiment and I plan to make
more of these art quilts. I think, in total, it took me 8-10 hours
to complete. It is roughly 20″ x 25″so it shouldn’t take as long
as a full size quilt to begin and complete.
Here is a small baby quilt pattern, another Jenny Pedigo pattern
called Metro Twist.
Metro Twist baby quilt
She has interesting patterns but I think I
need to make this a little bigger but have no more blue fabric.
Any suggestions- a border maybe?
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Have a great week.