Thread Sketching in Action No 81 – On Grid

Thread Sketching in Action No 81 | On Grid | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online thread sketching classes | thread sketched power lines

Simple design = Visual strength

Designs do not need to be complex in order to be effective. The use of colour and perspective, combined with a simple design concept, combine in Thread Sketching in Action No 81 – On Grid – to create a strong, visually effective design.

The bonus is, it was also easy to make! ūüôā

No 81 – On Grid

Perspective

Perspective plays a major r√īle in this design, with each set of power poles becoming progressively smaller and, apparently, closer together.

In addition, you will also notice that any detail in the poles becomes less distinct, the further away they are.

Anyone who has taken my Fabulous Fabric Landscapes online course will have explored the numerous effects of distance in a landscape – how distance affects size, colour, detail and clarity.

Stitching

The stitching in this design is comprised entirely of regular, straight free motion stitching, so, once the actual design is worked out, the stitching was relatively simple to implement.

Much of the stitching here can be achieved using one continuous line of stitch, simply moving from one pole to the next.

The only curved element in the design is the power lines themselves, which loop from one pole junction to the next.

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If you’d like to learn more about Thread Sketching, creating layered Fabric Landscapes, or using regular and free motion ZigZag stitch, then check out my online courses available at the Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy.

New courses are continually in production, and will be released just as soon as they are complete!

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Fabric dyeing

Fabric dyeing | multi colour detail |large piece 1.1x1.4m | 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 – just 12 pieces of fabric – all a little larger than a fat 1/4. This was a much smaller quantity than I usually do, but I had other work to get done so couldn’t take up the entire day dyeing fabric!

Fabric dyeing | reds | greens | blues | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online fibre art classes

One thing lead to another…

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

While the dyeing equipment was out – and the weather was fine – some little experiments followed, creating these 4 pieces.

And finally, the large piece (also shown at the top of this page) – this one took me a while as it measures 1.1 x 1.4 metres. I love it and it is actually destined to become an article of clothing – most likely a tunic dress or top of some sort, as I think that’s all I’ll get out of that length of fabric.

Fabric dyeing | multi colour |large piece 1.1x1.4m | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online fibre art classes

I must say, it’s given me all sorts of ideas for other pieces, too!

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Thread Sketching in Action No 80 – Lairy Harey

Thread Sketching with Mixed Media | Thread Sketching in Action No 80 | Lairy Harey | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online thread sketching classes

Thread sketching and mixed media fabric painting Def: 'Lairy' - Ostentatiously attractive Meet 'Lairy Harey' - the star of Thread Sketching in Action No 80! No 80 - Lairy Harey https://youtu.be/YwDm82GSj6U Minimalist thread sketching Although … [Continue reading]

ZigZag Zazzle! – New Online Course

ZigZag Zazzle online course | http://learn.deborahwirsu.com | Creative Techniques for Regular and Free Motion ZigZag in Textile Art and Quilting

I'm excited to announce that¬†ZigZag Zazzle!¬†Creative Ways to Use ZigZag Stitch in Textile Art and Quilting¬†is NOW AVAILABLE!¬† Using ZigZag stitch in Thread Painting, Textile Art and Quilting¬†is a wonderful way to create unique and fabulously … [Continue reading]

Thread Sketching in Action No 79 – Ocean Deep

Thread Painting | Jellyfish stitched with free motion zigzag stitch on cotton fabric | ZigZag Zazzle online course free motion zigzag stitch |

Thread Sketching in Action No 79 - Ocean Deep Ocean Deep - A thread painted jelly fish is the subject of Thread Sketching in Action No 79¬†this week. Worked entirely in free motion zigzag stitch, this design highlights how effective and easy it … [Continue reading]

Thread Sketching in Action No 78 – Exotic Cities – Russia

Thread Sketching in Action No 78 - Exotic Cities - Russia (detail 1) - Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist

Combining Thread Sketching with Fabric Painting Preparing for Thread Sketching in Action No 78, I was¬†searching for something a little different from my recent work, so I thought I'd revisit the architecture theme. I've touched on this area in the … [Continue reading]

Natural Fabric Dyeing using Red Cabbage and Turmeric

Fabric dyeing naturally using red cabbage and turmeric | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | www.learn.deborahwirsu.com | online classes

A natural, safe fabric dyeing method for you to try There are many, many ways to dye fabric using natural sources of dye. We all have products and produce in our kitchens or gardens that we can use - onions, tea, coffee, spinach, rhubarb, spices, … [Continue reading]

Thread Sketching in Action No 77 РLichen Appliqué

Thread Sketching in Action No 77 | Lichen Appliqué stitched art | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | thread painting | thread sketching | thread sketching online course |

Inspired by colour and shape Lichen is wonderful! Colour, texture, interesting shapes - it's got it all, but sometimes you need to look carefully to really notice it. Anywhere you go in the city or countryside, you are likely to find lichen or moss … [Continue reading]

Thread painting in the style of 18th century embroidery

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Today I've worked a small machined thread painting in a completely different style to the norm for me - that of 18th Century hand embroidery. Inspired by¬†a relative from 1797 I have two small, framed embroideries that were worked by a distant … [Continue reading]

Thread Sketching in Action No 76 – Abstract Lichen

Thread Sketching in Action No 76 | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | Abstract Lichen thread painting | thread painting | thread sketching | Machine embroidery abstract | stitched lichen abstract | Forest Floor | textile arts online courses | thread sketching online courses |

Third year of Thread Sketching in Action begins! I'm so excited to be starting a new year and also continuing this series of thread sketching, thread painting and free motion stitching demonstrations. I can't believe this series is now into it's … [Continue reading]