Thread Sketching with Collage Embellishment-Elizabeth Waddington

sept 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Thread sketching is not precision sewing. It is about catching the essential shapes and lines of the subject, like a line drawing done with pen and ink. Your lines do not always need to meet up, nor do you need to include every detail. The basic premise is that once you begin sewing you don’t start or stop (“break thread”) but continue stitching over to the next section. You can either start with an image you “sketch” with your thread and then add color to or you can “paint” your image and define the shapes with thread sketched outlines. Try both to see what works for you.

Our workshop will include:

1.Short tour of samples, techniques, and supplies

2.Experiment by making little labeled samples

3.Practice using the sewing machine for free motion…..don’t sweat this! Try straight, curved, double stitch, stopping and starting. A certain level of speed is necessary to keep the stitch line going so find your comfort level. Each machine is different.

4.Assemble the bits and pieces you want to apply to your surface (stamped tissue paper, fabric cutouts, rick-rack, etc.)

5.Decide on your design (audition the pieces for placement) and technique (stitch first or paint first) …

then just dive in.

6.Make sure to dry press with the iron or blow dry wet surfaces between layers if needed.

7.Embellish your unique masterpiece with additional surface gems and ephemera.

Want to know more?

Variety of techniques from various artists

Two youtube videos from Deborah Wirsu’s series Thread Sketching in Action:

Thread sketching in action

Using Inktense on Fabric

Thread Sketching: Creating Experimental Textile Collage

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