Thread Art - Girl with a Pearl Earring

Project Description

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. 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.

What you will need

  • 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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