North Carolina River in Thread

12 Jan 2011
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A 5" x 7" thread painting based on a photograph taken by my friend, Edgar Woodfin of a North Carolina river near Tuxedo, North Carolina. The background is painted Habutai silk and the thread painting is done in rayon threads using a straight stitch.  It is matted and framed.

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Lindy101 wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 7:53 AM

What a wonderful, beautiful sight to begin my day! If you ever get tired of having this around your home, I would be more than glad to give you my address... :?}

joraines wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 7:56 AM

Thank you, Lindy!  I would love to find a gallery to sell these pieces. They are quite expensive to frame!

Lindy101 wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 7:52 PM

I have several artist friends that say it is hard to 'make money' on their art due to the cost of matting and framing, not to mention the gallery cut on top of that. You have to love what you do. (and have a Sugar Daddy?)

I am just a baby beginner in the thread painting area, but I get better each time I try...and it is so much fun! Have you looked into making your own frames? Or does that just take that much more time away from creating? :?}

Anne lundy wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 8:34 PM

I have seen many wonderful art work on this website, but I do believe that this is the best yet !  The trees , are so beautiful ! the colours are sooooooo real and the movement of the water, rocks and all are so realistic.    Great work.  I bet it looks just great framed.

joraines wrote
on 13 Jan 2011 5:12 AM

Thank you so much!  Both of your kind remarks have made my day!  And I needed a lift just now!

As for framing, I wouldn't know where to begin although I have seen people just use frames they buy ready-made and I may have to resort to that instead of having them professionally framed.

gail moss wrote
on 13 Jan 2011 5:57 PM

All I can add to everyone's comments is "WOW" !  Stunning!!!

joraines wrote
on 14 Jan 2011 4:38 AM

My profound thanks, Gail! So kind of you.

on 15 Jan 2011 8:45 AM

Absoluletly beautiful!  wonderful work with a challenging technique.  Hope to see more of your work.  As for the framing, learning to frame them yourself would save you a lot, but of course has outlays of matt cutting equipment if you want to go with custom matt/frame sizes.  American frame is a great source for ordering custom matts and frames.  Best of luck to you on finding a gallery, they deserve to be in one!

KTKasey wrote
on 16 Jan 2011 9:36 AM

This is amazing, some of the most realistic thread painting that I have ever seen!  This is a piece to be treasured. 

Kathy McNeil wrote
on 17 Jan 2011 9:44 PM

The color reflected in the water is just perfect. Great piece.

joraines wrote
on 18 Jan 2011 6:02 AM

I profoundly appreciate all the wonderfully kind comments! Thank you and thank you for the tips about framing!

on 18 Jan 2011 9:26 AM

This would be all and more than everyone has already said; but, it's only 5" X 7"....  I can't even get my head around the detail involved in that size.  This is not only BEAUTIFUL, but, oh so, IMPRESSIVE!!!!  Love it!

on 6 Feb 2011 4:31 PM

Absolutely beautiful.  I love it.

Quine wrote
on 9 Feb 2011 10:40 AM

This is absolutely stunning.  I would love to do something like this and you have given me inspiration to make a start on thread painting.  Any tips for a starter?  Dianne (Scotland)

on 12 Feb 2011 5:00 AM

Beautiful!  I do thread painting too. I try to begin with the  standard frame sizes, so I can just go and pick out a mat and drop the whole piece into a standard frame.  Much cheaper than having a custom made frame.  The mat can be custom cut so the 'hole' is correct for the painting. Do you use stabilizer or a hoop?  

on 14 Feb 2011 10:04 AM

Isn't this stun, stun, stuuuuuuuunning!!  The colours!!  Your intricate and exact aaaaaand e-x-p-e-r-t  stitchery...Words fail...5*+++  Hugs, Charlotte

joraines wrote
on 14 Feb 2011 10:07 AM

Thank you very much!  And thanks for the tip about framing. I use a hoop for the silk thread paintings.

Doris47 wrote
on 6 Jun 2011 12:26 PM

Breathtaking thread work!  Spectacular!  WOW!

on 6 Jun 2011 5:03 PM

WOW!  That is a lot of thread.  Very nicely done.

rosenana wrote
on 28 Sep 2011 10:16 AM

I don' think I can find any new words to say about your work.  What a wonderful piece of art.