Thread painting the beach

16 06 2015

Back in March 2015, I attended Quilting Adventures’ Spring Seminars in New Braunfels, Texas. The workshop I did was on digital photos for quilts (run by Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby Smith). Kerby printed off several of my photos using his printer and special fabric ‘paper’ and it’s only now I’ve got around to doing anything with these fabric photos.

Here are the printed photos on fabric, plus some of the other exercises I did in class:


The first photo I decided to tackle was one I took in December 2014 of Buffalo Beach, near Bunbury, Western Australia.

I covered a piece of Floriani Stitch ‘n’ Shape with the background fabric, then fused on the fabric photo. I used several threads of various blues and browns to thread paint the sky, the ocean, the rocks, the sand, and the water.

The photo is approx. 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 inches) and the finished piece is approx. 30 x 36 cm (12 x 14 inches).

(Click on a photo to view it larger)








Update: That raw edge butted up to the background fabric bothered me, so I added a quarter-inch silver bias binding to it to separate it. I’m happier with it now.

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5 responses

16 06 2015

Great ideas!!!! and nicely done.

16 06 2015
Mary Ed Williams

Very, very nice! Isn’t thread addictive?

21 06 2015
Dawn C.

You are a very talented artist.

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