Fiber Art Harvest Necklace
Wear the richness of the harvest with this fiber art necklace featuring apples, grapes, and three-dimensional pears.
Wear the richness of the harvest with this fiber art necklace featuring apples, grapes, and three-dimensional pears. Leaves are drawn in green threads, and also represented by leafy and round glass beads. The wood beads of the necklace complete the natural look.
Drawing with my sewing machine is my favorite way to create fiber art. Creating a thread sculpture, such as these hollow pears, is a multi-day process, which includes stiffening the threads slightly, so that the object retains its shape. (I recommend that you avoid getting the necklace soaking wet, but a little dampness won’t harm it.) Variegated threads, some hand-dyed, give the work a natural coloring.
The length of the wooden necklace is 30 inches.
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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