So often when we approach a quilting project, we focus on the fabric. But thread art–from the color choice to the free-motion quilting or thread sketching–is also a key design element.
Award-winning art quilter Susan Brubaker Knapp is a master at using threadwork to bring her fiber art to life. Just look at the two examples below to see how machine embroidery thread choices and thread sketching techniques alter the look of her designs.
|"Cripps Pink" before: In this piece, Susan began with a very simple pattern, with only two colors of fused fabric for the apple, and two others for the background. She wanted to demonstrate how much realism she could add with thread alone.|
"Prepared for Takeoff" before:
Look how flat and uninteresting this piece looks before the thread sketching. Susan marked some of the lines and areas she wanted to thread sketch with a mechanical quilter's chalk marker before she started stitching.
In our new eBook Thread Sketching 101 with Susan Brubaker Knapp, Susan reveals her tips and techniques for thread sketching. Plus, she included machine stitching exercises that will help you elevate your art quilting. You can download it today!
P.S. What's your best thread-sketching tip? Leave a comment below.
Learn to thread sketch like a pro from award-winning art quilter Susan Brubaker Knapp.