Monday, January 10, 2011

Thread Painting- If I can do it. . . So can YOU! Design Wall Monday

You know its been a long time since a project has given me trouble.  Usually, I start off my piece with a clear notion of what the finish project is going to look like and then I just work till I get there.  I know there are lots of people who like to see where the piece takes them and they totally enjoy the ride.  I. . . .am not like that.  So when the Christmas quilt started to give me fits. . . .well it almost got designated to the UFO pile.  Still, if I did that then another Christmas would go by without me having a new wall hanging on my wall.  So I managed to persevere through my fit and kept going.

The funny thing is that the thread painting, which I've never done in my life wasn't the problem.  The pines leaves are coming quite nicely even though they are a LOT of work and thread.  I'm simply amazed at how easy the whole process is really easy.

First you sandwich two pieces of solable stabilizer between layers of tulle and put them in an embrodiery hoop. The book said to use pins but I found they just got in the way.  I then set up my machine to do free motion quilting with bobbin thread in the bobbin and rayon thread up top.  With that done, I just started to draw with my machine.  Well. . .draw is a bit fancy. . . scribble is more like it.  I layered my colors so that the darkest ones were on the bottom and the lightest one - used for highlights were on top.  Little by little the pine branch was formed.

40 minutes and 5 thread colors later, I was satisfied with the work.   I took it out of the hoop and trimmed around the branch within a quarter of an inch.  Then it was run under super hot tap water and placed in a bowl of hot water to soak for 10 minutes.  While I was rinsing it, I made sure that the glue residue was gone.   I then towel dried it and set it aside to thoroughly dry.  It only took about 15 minutes.  Then all you do is trim around it with super sharp scissors.  You can also use a stencil cutter if you have it - just watch out -'cause those things get hot!  Still I found the scissor method worked fine and any left over tulle totally disappeared into the threads.

See Easy-Peasy!!!

So it wasn't the thread painting that was giving me the fits.  Its that once I got it all done, I realized that the scale of my thread painting was all wrong.  I thought I had been working on the bottom branches but once I got it up on my board, I realized that it was all too small.  Well that revelation took me about 45 minutes to come to.  Don't you hate when something is wrong but you just can't put your finger on it????
Anywayssssssssssssssssssssss. . . . .I moved the branches I was working up to the secondary ones in the middle and  started to think how I was going to do the lower ones which will need to be a lot bigger and therefore take a lot more time and thread.  sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  If it ain't one thing. . .its another.

You can see what everyone else is up to at Judy's great site!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Word of 2011 - Balance

You know it happens every year.  Christmas happens and all creativity is sucked right out of me.  Well that's not exactly true.  All my creativity goes into the holiday. . . decorations. . . unique gifts. . . great social events.  There is never any left over for me to continue my sewing through the month of December.  I hate that I lose momentum on projects.  I hate that my sewing room gets taken over by all sorts of Christmas paraphernalia.  I hate that there isn't a quiet moment to myself.  To top that all off, it happens to be the darkest month of the year and gray seems to be the constant outside color.  So with all that said, I'm trying to shake it off and get back into the regular routine.

Recently on my art quilt list, a thread came up  asking for every one's Word for 2011.  Instantly, the word Balance came to mind.  For me it always seems like I attack everything with an "All or Nothing" attitude.  I get on a mission and everything else goes by the wayside while its completed.  I would like to break that cycle.  For 2011, I would like to teach a little, mother a little, create a little, clean a little, etc. etc. Oh and laugh a lot!

So under the guise of creating a little, I managed to do about 45 minutes of sewing a couple nights this week.  Of course it took that long to find my sewing hole and gather the things for my Christmas project.  I decided that I will finish up that project before I go onto the next couple that I have planned.  I'll  let you in on my progress in my next post.

So hopefully, I can keep with my resolution for . . . . Balance.