Escape with Thread Play

I finished the machine embroidery/thread play on the (once was) all white fabric landscape and I’m pretty happy with the results. You will, I’m sure, notice I have take artistic liberties; Don’t try to figure out what kind of trees, leaves or flowers those are!

Here are side by side pics of the piece; On left the before fusing/embroidery/thread play. The pieces were just placed on my design table so the arrangement may be slightly different. I also dusted some of the pieces with a bit more wax pastel before stitching.

I have always found it a challenge to stitch on my hand painted skies because I think they look better before, but it’s an art quilt so I stitch! Now I’ll have to decide if I want to satin stitch the raw edge and add batting, another layer of felt or cotton and quilt it, which would add more depth to the tree trunks and rocks, OR if I will move on to making another one which I will video as I “paint” each element for my series of lessons. Either way I’ll share it here. Thanks for stopping by!

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Working with fabric and fiber for over forty years. Design, instruction, and sales. Certified teacher online at
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4 Responses to Escape with Thread Play

  1. Joanna says:

    Great example of the difference stitching makes! I love how the grasses in the foreground help “ground” that area. Some questions – what’s a wax pastel, and what stitch did you use on the background green hills? Was it a free motion zigzag? Yes, it’s hard to go over lovely painted skies with stitching, but I think you captured the movement of your sky without doing repetitive filler stitches.

    • Ann Scott says:

      The pastels I use are Caran d’Ache Neocolor II water solvable wax pastels (some people have compared them to Derwent and Intense Ink pencils). I like that I can achieve many different look textures with them. I did all of the stitching on my Sweet Sixteen sit-down quilting machine which only stitches a straight stitch, so any zig-zag was just me moving the piece back and forth under the needle – “scribbling” I’d call it. Thanks for the question and the kind, positive comments.

  2. Mary Stori says:

    This is awesome!!! It’s so generous of you to share the various photos progression of the piece which really helps the viewer understand the process!

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