|“Corn” by Christina Fairley Erickson
Machine Freehand Embroidery, decorative stitching, freemotion quilting
Red! Thanks for all the comments, encouragement and opinions on the background for my corn piece. The little ends of the corn husk were challenging to applique down, but you can see a bit of the organza husk standing up in the picture. What you can’t really tell from the photo is how much the trapunto stands out. The two longer corn rows have 5 extra layers of batting, making them stand about 3/4″ up from the backing. I cut each of the batting layers a little smaller than the last, so it really has a rounded look. The lower ear of corn has less trapunto (3 layers), since it is behind the others.
The difficult part of these is that they are so thin, it will be difficult to convey a 3-D effect or to trapunto them. So I tried to sew both in the long/horizontal direction and also around the width of each chili, to convey the roundness of each.
One of the main things when doing thread painting is to keep on layering your colors to add more dimension and gradation. If you just fill in one color butted up to the next, it will look flat and like a paint-by-number painting. Blending the colors is very important. Also, look for the unexpected colors. In this chili, I found a small place where the shadow had just a touch of lavender… it adds a lot to the finished piece to have those little bits that your eye might not originally catch.
|Finished “Chili” thread painting|