Thread Painting 101

Autumn Leaf

Thread Paint your own Photograph

Piecing a Picture Quilt

Using freezer paper templates and marking seams lets us select exactly the right bit of fabric, disregard grain, and piece with great precision using one of my patterns. Learn how to see fabric differently as we look through our fabric for texture and lines that help communicate the curve of a petal, the cat’s body, or trees in the forest, or ripples in the water.

Students will spend most of this one-day workshop selecting, cutting, and marking pieces and mocking up their work on a design board, with the goal of sewing a few seams before the end of the day. Several ways of simplifying details like the cat’s eyes and the landscape’s rocks will be discussed.

Designing a Pieced Picture Quilt

We will start off with a short talk on how to make a quilt from a pieced picture quilt pattern, with examples of patterns and quilts made from them, and discuss design factors such as straight-line vs. curved piecing, how much detail is enough, communicating perspective, and the roles of fabric selection and quilting. Then, using their own photographs, or one to which they own copyright, students will learn how to make a unique pattern to piece it using freezer paper templates.

We will begin by making a careful tracing of the photograph, edit as necessary for focus and composition, then translate this into a piece-able design, finding the image’s main dividing lines (or ‘blocks’), reviewing the preliminary design for ease of piecing, and revising lines as needed.