Thread Sketching in Action No 86 – Best Friend

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Thread painting our ‘Best Friends’

There is little more welcoming after a busy day than the bounding delight shown by our four-legged friends…especially dogs. But regardless of whether your ‘Best Friend’ is a dog, cat, lizard or bird, we love them dearly and are always delighted by their company. They always seem to sense our mood – if we are happy they are playful, if we are sad, they rest their head on our knee, looking up soulfully.

So what better way to spend a few hours or days than in recreating their image in stitch?

Thread Sketching in Action No 86 is a thread painted picture on a digital base.

No 86 – Best Friend

Photo-realistic thread painting

 

This adorable puppy is worked using a photo-realistic thread painting technique, with dense free motion stitching, and many thread colours.

There are many ways that pet portraits can be worked – photo-realistic, appliqué, collage, thread sketching and thread painting. Each approach requires different techniques, and different bases.

Your choice of style and technique influences how you prepare the base and the fabrics you choose.

Pet Portraits – new online class coming soon!

If you’d like to learn more about creating your own unique Pet Portraits, keep a look out for my new online class, coming soon to Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy!

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Thread Sketching in Action No 85 – Ancient Wisdom

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Inspired by Ancient Chinese Art – Exploring the human figure

Yes, I’m heading off to China again in a couple of weeks – and yes, another music tour. No holiday for me!!!

So I’m getting in the mood with this piece inspired by the art of 13th or 14th century China. 

As with Thread Sketching in Action No 84 – Check the Tech – I’m continuing to explore the human figure, but this time there’s no modern technology in sight! 

This gentleman was obviously a person of importance in the community at the time – a wise man – a scholar or doctor, perhaps, with his scroll, on which he would have written with a calligraphy brush. 

No 85 – Ancient Wisdom

Combining Three Techniques

There are a number of different things that led me to create this design:

  • A love of digital imaging and photo manipulation
  • A love of Asian art – especially historic art
  • A love of thread sketching (of course!)

So to create the work, three techniques were used:

  1. Sketching, with pencil and black pen
  2. Digital imagery – layering and manipulation of a number of different photos, textures, colours and effects
  3. Thread sketching, using free motion straight stitch

Fabric that looks like Marble

During the digital imaging and layering phase, my aim was to make the background look like marble, even after being printed onto cotton fabric! 

The result is just what I was hoping for, as the background has that luminosity and depth that is visible in a block of marble. 

Stitching that resembles Engraving

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My next aim was to make the stitching look as though the drawing of the figure has been engraved into the surface of the ‘marble’. Again, I think this has been quite successful. 

Considering this has all been done with a computer, a printer, cotton fabric and rayon embroidery thread, the result is just as I hoped!

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p.s. For those of you who are not yet subscribers to my Newsletter, you may have wondered where Thread Sketching in Action was a couple of weeks ago. When I released this new ebook, I announced that Thread Sketching in Action was moving to (mostly) monthly release. The fact of the matter is that, as a solo business, it’s difficult to find time to do everything, and producing a new, inspirational video every fortnight is challenging.

Rather than end the series (which I didn’t want to do), it was better to move to monthly releases, which will now be on the second Thursday (Australian time) of each month. 

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Free Resource Library – Tips, Techniques, eBooks and more!

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Thread Sketching in Action No 82 – Inspiration: Turner

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Thread Sketching in Action No 81 – On Grid

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Fabric dyeing

Fabric dyeing | multi colour | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online fibre art classes

It was never my intention yesterday to do any fabric dyeing, but somehow I just got drawn to the idea. When there's a need - find a solution! I needed some fabric in specific shades of red and blue/green, so decided to quickly do a small batch - … [Continue reading]