Tuesday, January 10, 2012

a little thread painting

I can see where the phrase 'starving artist' may have come from. If I was paid for my actual time I'd be wealthy. I know, I know, you're going to say that I may be rich in the time I have to create, and I agree completely. I am lucky to have the time.
I've just been at my sewing machine for about an hour doing bits of thread painting on my little chickadee. The first thing I did was to spray starch (on the advise of a friend) all the little pieces since I wasn't using any fusible. Then using my tracing paper pattern as a guide, I laid them onto the background and ironed. Next, I started free motion stitching the different sections down and that is what takes time.

Sometimes, I will try to keep a couple of projects at hand so that I don't have to keep changing thread. Today though, I just had this to do, so after every little section, I had to change colors.
The other thing that takes time is that I kept turning around to my computer to check the color and the lay of the feathers on the chickadee and the colors in the leaf I was using as a model. Although, I did do a drawing, it would be better in the future to do a more detailed drawing with either color or more color references.
On the little dried up leaf, I still want to add some darker color for definition and the chickadee isn't quite done.

 Besides all the changing of threads and looking back at the computer screen, I am simply slow. I tend to deliberate too much. For example, my hands were itching to go at those birches. Should I do anything in the background? I think not, it's background, there shouldn't be any details. Perhaps there should be a few more little branches. Should I do it with the machine or by hand? These are my thought processes. I'm thinking what I should do next, perhaps a bit of snow on the branch, or a few snowflakes in the air, or both. Oh to be so indecisive!
I always have a certain amount of trepidation when I start out liking a piece because then I fear I will ruin it. It's almost better to be neutral and go at it without worry because if it's already not that great, well then, I can sew more freely. Occasionally, those pieces will turn out better because I think I am relaxed.
I am linking to the Needle and thread Network today, for WIP Wednesday. go and check out what everyone is doing.


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

LOl you are funny....the piece is very nice.

elle said...

Hmm the f word, fear, is cropping up a bit in the last few days. Fear of wrecking things. oh, dear. I'm no help as this is nice and for f... Well, I think a few verticle lines in the background may enhance and then a branch or two... Snow on the branch and some sparkle from snowflakes- oh yum! This is a very lovely little piece of bird art, Holly.

Monika K. (MySweetPrairie) said...

Sweet! Love the blue and the birches ; ) I just got some black & white variegated thread and can't wait to try birch bark! ; )

Michelle @ Periwinkle said...

I really like how this piece is turning out. I can't figure out how you did those birch trees, but they sure are nice. I love chickadees too. Is it because they have such a nice round shape?

greelyrita said...

I think people are attracted to chickadees because they are brave enough to stay with us all winter. It's endearing that they're so friendly too, of course. I've done a stained glass chickadee piece that I'm proud of. Your piece will be lovely. I can't wait to see it progress!

æble said...

Chickadees are brave little creatures. I think you have to draw some courage from the chickadee and let go of the fear.

Peg said...

Beauty! You're much braver than I am!

M-R said...

So true! I totally block when I'm worried I'm going to ruin something. Your chickadee is looking wonderful Holly. Keep it up!

Ellen said...

Looks great - you are so creative!