Maple Tree Tea Set
This decorative teapot set is made entirely of machine-stitched threads. It is inspired by the colorful autumn sugar maple trees of North America.
This decorative teapot set is made entirely of machine-stitched threads. It is inspired by the colorful autumn sugar maple trees of North America.This is one of my signature “thread sculpture” artworks.
The teapot is textured to resemble maple tree bark, and the removable lid has a maple “key” attached to the top – the winged seed that delights children when they toss them into the air like helicopters. Two golden leaves are shaped into cups, with the leaf stem becoming the cup handle. Two rich red leaves are gently shaped into saucers.
These are machine-stitched with a variety of cotton threads, 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.
And if you accidentally drop it, it won’t shatter on the floor!
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”.