Thread Sketching in Action No 88 – Chill wind at an urban bus stop

TSIA No 88 | Chill wind at an urban bus stop | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online thread sketching classes |

Thread sketching an urban scene

When I uploaded TSIA No 84 – Check the Tech a few weeks back, I was inundated with positive feedback from people who loved the contemporary feel and style.

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So do I !

So this week I’ve returned to the urban thread sketch scene with TSIA No 88 – Chill wind at an urban bus stop.

No 88 – Chill wind at an urban bus stop

Thread sketching figures

If you’re one of those people who possess innate drawing skills – and particularly figure drawing skills – then you are in the fortunate position that you could perhaps sit down at your machine and simply freestyle stitch these urban designs with figures, architecture and scenes of city life.

Sadly, I was not so blessed with these skills, so it’s necessary for me to prepare my design before beginning stitching. It seems odd, but stitching the figures is something that I find quite easy, and other people will come to me and go …...’Whoa – how do you do that???’

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Free machine stitching figures does not need to be difficult if you prepare your fabric and drawing before hand.

There are a number of options for transferring your design to the fabric, but using a light box (or window – we’ve all got one of those!) is probably the easiest.

I created a simple sketch, which was then transferred to the fabric.

I frequently use my ‘whimsical’ style to work the free motion stitching for most pieces like this. Some people may say I’m lazy and can’t follow a line, but I genuinely love the loose, relaxed, whimsical style that this procedure generates.

Colouring your work

Thread Sketching in Action No 88 - Chill wind at an urban bus stop (unpainted) | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online thread sketching classes | online thread painting tutorials | ho

There are SO many options for colouring your work, from the currently very popular Derwent Inktense, to Fabrico Fabric Markers (or similar), to fabric paints.

In this instance, I used Fabrico Fabric Markers, as they are quick and easy to use, make no mess, colours blend easily, and colours are deep and vibrant.

However, they can be pricey! So take care of the ones you’ve got – don’t let them dry out, and I like to keep them in an airtight plastic container. I have a largish container of them and, by taking care, they’ve lasted me a long time, so I simply replace individual colours as they run out.

TSIA No 88 | Chill wind at an urban bus stop (detail 3) | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online thread sketching classes |

Explore different styles

I urge you to spend a little time exploring different styles of free motion thread sketching and thread painting.

There really is no limit to what you can do.

Thanks for visiting! 

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Thread Sketched Whimsical Flowers Picture Postcard VIDEO tutorial

Free thread sketching video tutorial now available at Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy | www.learn.deborahwirsu.com |

Free tutorial now released as Free VIDEO CLASS

Due to popular demand, after the release of my subscriber-only free email tutorial – Thread Sketched Whimsical Flowers Picture Postcard – I have now made this tutorial available as a FREE ‘Taster’ class at Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy.

Wonderful Response from Subscribers!

Why not head over to the Academy now and sign up for this class – the response from subscribers who received the email tutorial last week has been wonderful, with many artistic stitchers submitting their creations for publication on my Facebook page.

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Student work

I’ve been so excited to see the pieces submitted so quickly after releasing the tutorial…I hope they continue to roll in to inspire us all!

I thought it a good idea to create a new Gallery of Student Work based on this tutorial…so here it is!

Thanks for visiting!

p.s. Don’t forget to check out the free Taster class at Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy

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Free Whimsical Flowers Thread Sketching Mini Tutorial

Mini Tutorial | Thread Sketching | Whimsical flowers thread painting | free thread sketching design | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | online thread painting classes |

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Thread Sketching in Action No 87 – Puppy in Pink

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

Free Resource Library | Textile art tips techniques ebooks and more | Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist | Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy | Sign up here

It's super-easy! Join in now so you don't miss a single thing. Join the Resource Library here! What's the Resource Library all about? This library is my way of thanking YOU for joining up! Inside you can browse the available resources, … [Continue reading]