Archive for September, 2010

Thayer’s Tangled Trees

September 23, 2010

Abbott Thayer was an American painter lucky enough to live thru that period of time that produced so many great painters.  This of course is my opinion; someone else might think the mid 20th century produced some of the finest painters, but I keep going to those early 20th century paintings to drool over and think it would have been heaven to live amongst their creators.  Of course, I would probably have lived in Georgia on a dirt farm and would never have had the opportunity to hear of them much less meet them, but the works of (relatively obscure to the general public and those who have never studied art history) painters such as Dewing, Tarbell, Hassam, or Lilla Cabot Perry (women get the whole name typed out) to the works of more well known artists like Sargent and Chase, are among the most fabulous paintings ever.   Don’t tell the French, but I think they are every bit as marvelous as those Impressionists you hear so much about.

Anyway,Thayer did a series of beautiful angels that you may have actually seen before, but he also did a series with his son, Gerald Thayer, of wildlife  showing how camouflaged they are in their natural habitat.  Seems he even collaborated with the government to create camouflage for the army.

I chose a small portion of tangled tree limbs of Gerald’s painting, Male Ruffled Grouse in the Forest as inspiration for this piece of tangled thread stitching I finished yesterday.


If you are unfamiliar with the artists I mentioned above, take a few minutes and look up their works.  I am sure you will be as awed by them as I am.

An English Gatehouse

September 10, 2010

The last couple of weeks have been filled, just not with  much art.  I worked on a fiber piece (I don’t like the terms that are generally associated with this technique, wonder if I can coin a new phrase….) of a figure sitting in a chair.  I learned that you can excise a portion you do not like and patch it.  I learned that you do not wash out the stabilizer if you intend to  stitch on it more.  It spreads.  My figure’s arm grew to twice the size it originally was.  I was sad, I was liking that piece.  I guess this is to be expected if you are teaching yourself a new process.

There is something that jumps out at me when you google (when will Webster’s declare google a noun and verb?) thread painting.  It is that you should not try to copy a Vermeer in thread.  It just doesn’t work.

But, we try all things…

I tried architecture in thread.

making fabric…

September 1, 2010

Several years ago I bought a book entitled Glorious Inspiration by Kaffe Fassett.  He wrote it for needlepoint and knitting but I feel some images interpret quite nicely in thread.   This image is taken from a section of Marcello Provenzale’s Landscape with Birds in the Pitti Palace in Florence.  I am really pleased with the texture of the thread.  It looks like old cloth!  Imagine!  Not your typical warp/weft weaving method…

The image size is 6.75″ x 5.5″ and is done in cotton threads over a wash away stabilizer.  All that remains is the cotton thread.