An old dog trying new tricks

It’s a brand new year with many opportunities coming my way, always a happy surprise.  My life never ceases to amaze me.  Never could I have imagined life in my seventies being the magical ride it is.

Recently, out of the blue, I have received two requests for the upcoming year, a one-woman show in a prestigious art gallery and an opportunity to sell my wares along with a fellow fiber artist  at a high-end gallery next December.  I am intrigued by both possibilities which has sent my brain into over-drive. What will I show?  What can I come up with that will appeal to the masses?

One of the classes I will be teaching at this year’s Vermont Quilt Festival is Think Small. Why not take my own advice and Think Small?  What can I create that won’t take my usual months to complete?

For the past couple of days, I’ve been sketching ideas and then playing with them at my sewing machine.  I’ve never attempted thread painting and decided to give it a try.  I was very pleased with my first attempt, Winter’s Chill, shown below, and have decided this is something I may want to explore further.  It turned out to be much easier than I had anticipated.

As usual, one idea leads to another and another.  My feeling is that I’ll spend the week thread painting a variety of trees on those wonderful batik fabrics I’ve saved for just the right project.

More to follow.

Winter's Chill

Winter’s Chill

As promised.  Today’s attempt at thread painting hemlock branches on a batik background.

thread painted hemlock

thread painted hemlock


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  1. Congratulations on your new opportunities! No better way to jump start your creativity 🙂 I hope you post your new works. Being a fan of thread painting myself I will be looking forward to what you come up with. I have found that mounting the smaller works on stretched canvas that is painted or treated somehow acts not only like a frame but looks more like art somehow. I’ve had people say oh, nice potholder! When I hang a small art quilt but when it’s on the canvas they think I’m a great artist – crazy!

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