at the ballet, by Cathy Johnston

As I studied the swan picture for the contest, I kept thinking about the beautiful ballet, Swan Lake.  I am new to art quilting so this is my initial attempt at thread painting, stitching with metallic thread, using multiple techniques in one picture etc.  My swan and the ballerina’s tutu are satin from my 46 year old wedding dress.   I glued, fused, stitched, and had fun playing with different techniques.  The nest is thread that I rescued from an ill-fated project that had to be torn apart, and the cracked eggs are actual egg shells.




Threads:  monofilament (swan and ballerina), silver metallic (lake), Sulky variegated (cattails and grass), Madiera Rayon (curtain decoration)

Machine:  My trusty old Bernina Virtuosa  155  that my granddaughter is coveting.  Before I give it to her, I need to get a new one. 

Thank you for challenging me to step outside my self-imposed boundaries. 

I hope you enjoy this visit to Swan Lake. 

Cathy Johnston

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27 thoughts on “at the ballet, by Cathy Johnston

  1. Cathy,

    Your work is so great!!   We love looking at your “Swan Lake”.

    Hope your Grandaughter enjoys your Old Bernina!

    Best Wishes,  Joan & Mike

  2. Kathy,

    This is just beautiful.  I would love to see it sometime.  You must be very proud of it.  I know I would be if I could do anything this nice. 

    Ike and Carole

  3. This really is art!  Static materials like fabric and thread that we think of as practical are so full of life and movement in this piece.  I love the ballerina and the movement in the water.  Eva

  4. Hi Cathy:

    I can tell that your Swan Lake was a labor of love. Many hours of work during the cold wintry days in Ohio. Your a winner!

    Your Classmate

    Ol Lonesome Dave