My true Love!

I have embraced many aspects of working in fiber arts, but my true love is my miniature 5″ x 7 ” Thread Painting Landscapes.

Many of these pieces have been done on commission. And when I am free from long arm quilting responsibilities, I reach for my small thread painting works in progress to feed my soul in releasing my creative energies.

They can be incredibly intense and time consuming, and yet they bring me such joy.

 

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Twilight’s Last Gleaming – 2019 5″ x 7″ quilted thread painting. Wynn Creasy Fiber Arts

I love in this small size how a stitch can become a blade of grass, myriad leaves in the background, or the light hitting the edge of a branch or leaf and highlighting it.  Here I love the play of light from behind and how it casts evening shadows onto the grasses.

 

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LAKE RESPITE – 2019 5″ x 7″ Quilted thread painting Wynn Creasy Fiber Arts. 

Here my challenge was to capture the intense rose of the morning sky and reflect it in the lake behind the silhouetted trees. My art is primitive at times, but I am going for the feeling of a place rather than the photographic reproduction of something. And of course I revel in color!!!!!

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Dancing Trio – 2019 Quilted Thread Painting Wynn Creasy Fiber Arts.

You may have noticed I love trees.  They are my personal spiritual totem in many ways. I am drawn to how they are anchored here on earth, but constantly reaching towards the heavens. I love the lines they have and the many forms, and they ways they can either obscure light or open to it.

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Old Grand Dad – 2019 Quilted Thread Painting Wynn Creasy Fiber Arts

Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia I am never at a loss for subject matter. The simplest view, like these old pines just over the top of a hill, provide me with challenges and joy.

Create Beauty and Fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

 

Fabric Collage Work

I am often asked about my technique for thread painting. I thought I’d show you some pieces that I have already prepped at the start they are before thread painting. Later I will show you the finished pieces.

For me this process of creating a fabric collage that gives me contrasts and a color field to work on is the launching place for my creative fun in the thread painting process. From here I  do layer after layer of threads that blend and minx and give detail and texture to the work.

I do realize that for some people this collage process is an art worthy for display in itself. And I could stop stop now and put these under glass and frame them as is. But to me they are not complete without more of the work I love.

Create Beauty and Fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

The Phoenix Flies (it is finished!)

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The Phoenix Rises – 2019 

This was a piece I loved working on and I loved creating. I finally was able to complete it to my satisfaction. After all the quilting and thread painting. I added Swarovski crystals as starlight in the background.  I then added a backing and binding fo the same material I had used for the ashes.

I am very happy for the piece. i also am very happy that like the Phoenix, I too am slowly having a rebirth from the ashes of my lost relationship.  I will survive. And I will go on to create!

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

History today…

The very first item I got to  work on when I opened Little Old Lady Quilting officially here in Bedford, was the most amazing hand embroidered quilt of a mother /daughter.

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There were 20 of these 17″ square hand stitched panels on a very light cotton. I knew I didn’t want to disturb the embroidery these two had done together.
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Such a loving work of Mother and Daughter deserves special treatment!
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I let the quilt dictate to me.  A very simple but somewhat close stipple allowed the embroidery to have an almost trapunto effect. A simple outlining of the edge of the floral medallion set it off even more. 
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The finished quilt was a great success and I was overjoyed to be able to do this very special piece for this mother daughter team.

 

On Fire. The Phoenix is closer to finished.

I had a great time quilting and thread painting Phoenix Rising wall hanging. I used a smokey dark thread for the background, and a golden thread for the phoenix herself. I used the threads to represent unseen flames and wisps of smoke in the background, and the create feather patterns on the phoenix.

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I quilted the flames using a variegated red/ orange/ yellow thread to pick up the colors of the flames and give unity to the shape. The thread looks dark on the light yellows, but light one the darker colors. It gave a sense of motion and wholeness to the fire the Phoenix is rising from. 
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You can see the amount of thread work here up close. The Phoenix’s beak, legs, and claws were all done rather solidly with a silken gold thread. The feathers, neck, body, and tail-feathers were done with a deep rich golden thread that tied the body together and gave the image of the bird being made of molten fire and gold.  
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My last step before I put the backing and binding and the hanging sleeve on this project is to hand stitch bright Swarovski crystal beads to the background to imitate stars twinkling in this eternity between her death and her rebirth. 

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

And Ready for the Real Fun to Begin!

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Here she is in all her preliminary glory! She is prepped and ready to load onto long arm machine (RUBY)  for me to start the fun process of thread painting. In my mind I am beginning to see her take life. I have two different shades of golden metallic thread that I will do her body and the Flames with.  I have a beautiful smoky thread that will be used for the ashes. Plus I see the background quilting done in a mixture of tiny metallic silver stars, and shining black flames and smoke.

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Work continues on  Phoenix Rising. 

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Step 4: A piece like this really challenges my usual thought processes. I tend to work from top to bottom in most of  my works. i also try to work from far to near in perspectives, and also dark to lights. I mixed all that up as I prepped this piece.  I Start with the flames build up at the bottom of the image. With a piece this large, I know I have to skip all over the place constantly to make sure fabrics and colors go together and that I have a sense of unity.

 

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Step 4 Still: Completed the flames for now. I’ve begun adding colors to the Phoenix herself. I’m working in layers from the hardest, tightest parts of the body (the golden legs and Beak) outward to  the feathered wings.

 

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Ive started here to give the phoenix her personality and  to explore colors against each other. For instance, the play of the bright reds against the purples presents a very energized feel for her rebirth.

 

 

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Close-up of the fabrics and the play of color.

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

Taking Flight in Fabric

My latest work has been inspired by my friends at  Goose Creek Studio  in Bedford, VA.

Their next challenge show for winter is titled MYTH. And we were invited to produce a piece that is inspired or bases on a myth, but also that is in some way tied into the world and our lives personally. I had several ideas and am working on two. But the piece that has really inspired me is this work in progress “Phoenix Rising.”

The Story of the Phoenix has always fascinated me.

In ancient mythology, the symbolism of the majestic Phoenix bird, which is most often connected with the Sun, dies and is reborn across cultures and throughout time.

Ancient legend paints a picture of a magical bird, radiant and shimmering, which lives for several hundred years before it dies by bursting into flames. It is then reborn from the ashes, to start a new, long life. So powerful is the symbolism that it is a motif and image that is still used commonly today in popular culture and folklore.

The legendary phoenix is a large, grand bird, much like an eagle or peacock. It is brilliantly coloured in reds, purples, and yellows, as it is associated with the rising sun and fire. Sometimes a nimbus will surround it, illuminating it in the sky. Its eyes are blue and shine like sapphires. It builds its own funeral pyre or nest, and ignites it with a single clap of its wings. After death it rises gloriously from the ashes and flies away.

The Grammarist says: “To rise like a phoenix from the ashes means to emerge from a catastrophe stronger, smarter and more powerful. An example of rising like a phoenix from the ashes is someone who opens a new, successful business after his previous business has failed. Another example is someone who builds a new house after his previous house has been destroyed in a tornado. The phoenix bird is a mythical bird from Greek mythology. It was a feathered creature of great size with talons and wings, its plumage radiant and beautiful. The phoenix lived for 500 years before it built its own funeral pyre, burst into flame, and died, consumed in its own fiery inferno. Soon after, the mythical creature rose out of the ashes, in a transformation from death to life.

 

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Step one: coming up with a sketch I like for the subject matter.

In my own life i have on several occasions had to face a type of death: My loss of my voice as a singer; going through a physical transition to become a new person both in my creativity and in my life; and most recently the ending of my 14 year relationship with i man I truly love and thought would be in my life forever.

Like the Phoenix, each time I’ve had to die completely to the old self in order to find a new life, a new pathway.

This week’s posts will be following the creation of the finished piece I will be showing November through December at Goose Creek Studio. It will be for sale.

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Step 2: I know I want a dark background to contrast with the brilliant plumage I intend for the bird, so I choose a mottled black the fades into the ashes of the funeral pyre.
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Step 3: I’ve completed the background area ( the piece currently measures 32″ X 44″ ) and I’ve allowed a few of the “flying ashes” to add more interest in the background.

Tomorrow I begin to sort and add colors for the plumage. I will completely finish the piece as a fabric collage before I begin any thread painting.

 

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

Moving Ahead with Art and Life

I’ve recently come to grips with being a single woman again. It has been a struggle, but only because the person who I considered my rock and my stability is no longer that in my life.  There are good things about that though,  and I am looking for silver linings.

Little Old Lady Quilting Studio here in Bedford, VA has passed its first year. I’ve had so much fun and I’ve had such wonderful support from the community here.

This past year I have had the great pleasure of working on some really fun quilt projects and ALSO gotten to create some incredible thread art for clients and collectors. As I get the time now to refocus on where I really want to go in the future. I realize more and more that I LOVE finishing quilt tops for others with FMQ. Doing an edge to edge pantograph design bores me to tears. There are lots  of other long arm quilters that are content to do that. or they use computerized systems to essentially do the same thing. More Power to them for knowing their niche and what they need to do to make ends meet.

I no longer accept orders for traditional quilts from scratch here. They take a lot of time  compared to my thread art works, (and energy and expertise which should be included in the pricing!) and many people in this small community just can’t afford to pay what a one of a kind handmade quilt is worth.

I am focused now on my thread art and one finishing quilts for people that understand the nature of free-motion quilting and that treasure a one of a kind finished quilt. I’m also creating whole cloth quilts for clients. There is something amazing and challenging and fun in taking a huge piece of blank fabric and using RUBY ( my H.Q. Avante 18 ) to draw and paint with thread to create a one of a kind heirloom.

This was a small wedding lap quilt I created for a wedding gift. I was allow total freedom in design and execution, as long as I used the wedding color dusty rose. The client and the couple were very happy with it!

Starting with a preprinted center panel I built a quilt around it in neutral colors for a client. She wanted the pop of color to come from the thread Work.  This was a blast to create and to quilt. And she loves it!!!

 

Now in the studio I  am concentrating more on my thread work and only doing quilts that interest me. I am so happy here in my Studio /Cabin. And having life work that fulfils me and give me a purpose makes all the difference in life!

 

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

Creativity on call…

I love to do commission work. I know a lot of artists don’t because there are so many variables to making a client happy.  My artwork is so personal and unique to me. I explain very carefully how I have my own style of work and that I have a color palette that inspires me. I am happy, and in fact thrilled, when someone presents a photo to me of their beloved farm or home or pet and then allows me the freedom to create a one of a kind work of art based on that image.

I’ve been very grateful for the people who have trusted me over the last few years to create work s for them.  Not only  have they and I been very happy with the results, but each project forces me to grow a little more as an artist.  I’m going to put a few of the pieces I’ve been proud of here to share.

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