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Thread Art - Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Girl with the Pearl Earring Completed

Created in this Craftsy class

Thread Art taught by Lola Jenkins

Color and texture dominate this art quilting class. Learn stitches and shading to make colors and patterns pop in your collage or portrait quilts.

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Romantic, Classic
Susan in CA on

What materials did you use? I used an unknown-composition fabric (possibly thermal drapery lining, as it has a rubbery backing), on-hand Coats & Clarks black thread, on-hand quilt batting, and on-hand interfacing. These materials were used because this is my first attempt, and I always use inexpensive materials in first attempts. I purchased a 48-pencil set of Prismacolor pencils, a blender pencil, colored pencil eraser, clear open toe free-motion quilting foot (my darning foot was clear but closed), and Ceramcoat Textile Medium. I had brushes on hand.

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What are you most proud of? I'm proud that I didn't go outside the traced image with free-motion quilting more than I did. This is my first attempt at free motion quilting. I'm also pretty proud of how her facial coloring came out. I was most concerned about that, as I'm not an artist and have never used colored pencils before except as a small child.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I was excited to try this method, but thought it would be much more difficult than it turned out to be, so my advice is to gather your goodies and get going! Also, if you don't have a free motion quilting foot with an open front, this project is MUCH easier with one. I started it with my machine's clear darning foot, and was frustrated that I couldn't see better, so had to go much slower than was possible after the open-toed free motion quilting foot arrived.

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My apology for reposting this project. I had to delete the original project because a glitch in the Craftsy platform kept triplicating my posts to it. Craftsy tried to remove the superfluous posts, but were unable to get the triplicates to remain undeleted. I guess it was just too close to Halloween, because those posts kept coming back to haunt me! LOL

10/27/2012 Flag

I am inspired to take the course. I like that you showed the steps.

10/28/2012 Flag

So beautiful. I have purchased the course, but haven't got the time yet. Inspiring indeed to see the different steps. Thanks for sharing.

11/01/2012 Flag

Very nice!

12/12/2012 Flag

Love it.

07/01/2014 Flag