Dragonfly Pond thread sculpture

Dragonflies flit among the lilies floating over a reflective pond of re-purposed CDs. This is one of my signature “thread sculpture” artworks.

The highly dimensional lily pads and flowers are made entirely of machine-stitched cotton threads. The dragonflies’ bodies are machine-stitched with metallic red thread, their eyes are gold thread, and their wings are clear vinyl with the veins inked. The pond water is composed of overlapping CDs. The artwork may be simply hung on a nail or hook through the central CD opening. Or it may be a table-top artwork.

I create thread sculptures by machine stitching  on my domestic sewing machine. It is a multi-day process, which includes stiffening the threads slightly, so that the object retains its shape. Variegated threads, some hand-dyed, give the work a natural coloring. 

Artwork dimensions are 18 x 18 by 1 inch deep.

Doughty Designs

After many years creating landscape art quilts, I realized I love thread so much, I dropped out the fabric. So many of the items you will see in my shop are stitched entirely of thread. Currently my work focuses on exploring what makes fiber art so unique: texture, freedom of shape of the "canvas" (not limited to a rectangle), and employing three rather than two dimensions. Fiber art appeals to me because my hands are always touching my materials; it is a completely tactile experience. My favorite technique is “thread painting”, where I move the fabric freely beneath the needle while machine stitching (being very careful not to stitch a finger!). Think of it as drawing a picture with the pencil held still and moving the paper; something that takes a lot of practice to do well. Thread painting is particularly well-suited to creating animals and foliage, allowing for shading and texture. I have a vast collection of threads, which are my “paintbox”.

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