I need to thread paint some fire below the bird. Since I have never thread painted before, I have been doing a lot of experimenting. I bought my thread and figured out what looks best for the feathers of the bird, but the fire left me scratching my head.
|Tester: Thread painting on two of the tail feathers.|
First I cut pieces that were the general shape of those in the artwork I am using as a guide, but discovered a major disconnect. Two tries and I decided the pieces were too solid-looking to ever translate as fire on a quilt even though the original drawing is fantastic.
My next step was to hunt on the Internet and guess what? I found some great thread paintings of fire here (scroll down to 12 Jan 2008) and here. Lots of great ideas to look at, but I still felt insecure.
Next on my list was to pull up pictures of real fire on Google images. Bingo! Even more ideas emerged by looking at what fire actually looks like. Isn't that amazing? It is so familiar, but I couldn't figure out how I was going to make it look right until I saw images of actual flames.
My first attempt:
|I have fire!|
TIP: Practice makes better, and better, and better. Go for it. Just because you don't how doesn't mean you can't learn with a little research and a lot of practice.
I don't know who wrote this, but it is apropos to us quilters:
Never turn back.
Happy stitching this week.