Art is all about decisions. When I start a new thread painting my very first decision is which photo to use. Being the obsessively organized person I am, I maintain a photo folder titled potential quilts. This is subdivided by categories. No surprise one subfolder is titled Lola. Seems she never takes a bad picture. Still, there are things I look for in a photo. There must be a focal point, the eye should be directed around the image and then settle. I also look for balance and contrast.
In order for thread painting to be successful you need thread. I used 17 different colors of thread to create Lola. I choose, whenever possible, to only use what I have on hand. This forces other artistic decisions, since I won’t be able to make exact color matches. Personally, this is part of the fun of making art – manipulating what you see or imagine.
Time to Select the Fabric
Once the thread painting is done it is time to turn my attention to the background. The original photo has Lola poised in front of a fairly lack luster white wall. Time to make Lola pop. I auditioned multiple fabrics before settling on this beauty.
Uniting the Decisions
Last up, how will I put together the background? I am opting for a mixture of piecing and appliqué. You can’t tell, but I’ve actually pieced everything covered by their freezer paper templates in two sections. They make up Lola’s condo. I will be machine appliquéing the lowest section to cover a teeny tiny bit of Lola’s bottom edge. The middle section will be appliquéd to the wallpaper with Lola appliquéd to it. Fingers crossed, I will finish next week.
On to the final decision, the title. What would you name this piece?
Ta da! My 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge top is done. Next month I need to decide how to quilt it.
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