Chris Booth met the challenge!

It’s T Time! Thank you Chris for meeting the challenge and sending us the photo of your great results.

Our new challenge will be announced soon on September 1st. For anyone else who is ready to send in a photo, here is the email:
emailaddyNTC

Tea Time by Chris Booth

Tea Time by Chris Booth

FROM CHRIS: I have never done a challenge or sent pictures so this was a true challenge. I eagerly awaited the August challenge after hearing about it and seeing Donna’s work in person. As soon as the theme was announced, this was my immediate thought. I have returned to embroidery after many years now that it  has risen to such a creative level, no more stamped pillowcases. I love embellishing quilted pieces but this was really my first embroidery on a plain background. It will not be my last!

Patty Szymkowicz met the challenge!

Patty has joined us for two challenges and this is her latest confection for Tea Time. Thank you Patty, for being a part of Needle Thread Cloth.

Tea and Thee by Patty Szymkowicz

Tea and Thee by Patty Szymkowicz

Tea and Thee by Patty Szymkowicz

Tea and Thee by Patty Szymkowicz

FROM PATTY: Embroidery is something I have enjoyed since I was a very young girl. Growing up in a family of creative do-it-yourself types someone was always working on or in my father’s case “fixing” something.

Years after my father’s passing while admiring my mother’s stash of hand embroidered tablecloths, I found out that my mom and dad had worked on some of the pieces together; spending evenings stitching on opposite ends of the couch.
Being a kid at the time I totally missed that.

I completed a fair number of crewel embroidery kits as gifts for my family before I left home and went through my embroidering on jeans phase too.

I like the connection I feel with so many that have come before me when putting needle into cloth … such a simple thing and yet so wonderful with myriad and new possibilities!

For my Tea and Thee piece I spread plaster onto linens and laces, layering them on vintage book and map papers.  I used the stem stitch and French knots to highlight a flower from a plastered piece of lace and help hold it in place.

Thank you very much Theresa and Jan for the exciting inspiration you offer each month at Needle Thread Cloth.  You have me thinking about embroidery in new and exciting ways.

You can read more about Patty and follow her blog HERE:

Denise Price met the Tea Time Challenge

Thanks to Denise for meeting the Tea Time Challenge.

Donuts by Denise Price

Donuts by Denise Price

FROM DENISE: Supplies: background cardstock from The Paper Company; assorted kraft cardstock scraps from Neenah Paper; cream cardstock from Pulp; all patterned paper from Crate; doily from Royal; Distress Stain & marker from Ranger; all thread from DMC; lavender & garnet inkpads from Clearsnap; gold inkpad from Tsukineko; aida cloth from Charles Craft; heart tag & canvas strips from Canvas Corp.; bee tag from Basic Grey; alphabet stickers from October Afternoon; tulle from Wyla; felt, lace, & garnet ribbon from my stash; all gold trim from Scrapbook Fantasies; ribbon rosette from Berwick Offray; mouse stamp from PSX; flower stamp from Leavenworth Jackson; journaling pens from Zig.

I began my layout by constructing a a collage as the background.  Collage is always a nice way to use up leftover paper scraps.  I also used a white Distress Marker to trace around a paper doily scrap to add interest to the collage. Read more and learn more about Denise on her blog HERE.

Chris Capista Met the House Couch Stitch Challenge!

Thank you Chris for meeting the challenge and thinking outside the box.

Chris Capista House Couch Stitch

Chris Capista House Couch Stitch

Chris Capista House Couch Stitch

Chris Capista House Couch Stitch

Chris Capista House Couch Stitch

Chris Capista House Couch Stitch

FROM CHRIS: I had meant to make this into a photo transfer and then couch it down, but that didn’t work.  Instead I machine stitched the paper house collage and then couched over the machine stitching with a gold cord and coordinating gold floss. I enjoy the challenges – they are making me think outside the box.  And embroidery is something I can do while watching TV with my family (it’s not as messy as collage!)

The August giveaway is DMC thread and needles

goodies NTC

Donated by Jan


Last month the metallic Gold Thread went to Donna Funnell. This month Jan has generously donated 5 beautiful color threads and a pack of needles. If a photo of your work has been submitted to us by the last day of August, you are automatically entered into the drawing.

Send in your photos to:
emailaddyNTC
Find the August subject and details HERE.

Kim met the challenge!

Thank you Kim for meeting your second challenge from the Needle Thread Cloth blog.  You can find Kim’s first challenge HERE.

Kim Tedrow House Couch Stitch

Kim Tedrow House Couch Stitch

FROM KIM: Here’s a piece I did for the July Challenge. It turned into an abstract piece, which is not where I started.

My house is brown wood shingles, and I have a beautiful painted white wrought metal porch railing that features curling oak branches and leaves. I wanted to represent this in a design similar to the porch railing, but that didn’t quite work out, so this is what I ended up with.

I used brown acrylic paint on a Gelli Plate to monoprint the background (suggesting the brown shingles) onto a piece of 5 x 8″ natural canvas. I didn’t have any white cording or string to “couch” the railing with, so I tore strips of a scrap of white silk, twisted it, and used white cotton floss to do the couching. I worked with what was there on the background, highlighting or “filling in” areas where the paint had printed.

So here’s this little abstract study in couching. I kind of like how the different textures and the fraying of the silk work together. Who knows, maybe this will make its way onto a bigger piece, or perhaps transformed into a prayer flag…

Donna Funnell met TWO challenges!

Right from the start Donna jumped in with both feet and came up with the idea to make a book based on the challenges. Thank you Donna for inspiring us!

Donna Funnell Floral French Knot Challenge

Donna Funnell Floral French Knot Challenge

FROM DONNA: I have been doing embroidery since I was a child. I did some flowers during the 70’s on jeans for friends. I returned to embroidery in the last 10 years embellishing my art quilts. I belong to an embroidery group and now I am teaching classes out of my home. I took an online class with Susan Sorrell (Creative Chick) and this expanded my skills using mixed media as an embroidery surface. Embroidery of all kinds soothes my soul, it is the best therapy!

I joined the challenge group after seeing my friend, Marci Glenn, post it on her blog. We met on Yahoo group.

After much thought I decided to do a fabric book and started page one with the floral French knots. I am using a bright colour palette. I thought of as many flowers as I could that would incorporate French knots. I used Judith Montano’s Free form embroidery book as a reference. I wanted a sketchbook look to my page and used this cool ledger fabric as a background.

Most of the embroidery uses variegated  threads. I am already to start July’s challenge, having fused fabric scraps as houses on my dyed green and blue fabric.

See more of my art work on my blog:

http://fibrejournal.blogspot.com

Donna Funnell – Fibre and Mixed Media Artist

Donna Funnell Houses Couch Stitch

Donna Funnell Houses Couch Stitch

About the houses: The houses were inspired by the artwork of Laura Wasilkowski. I have used the little houses as wall hangings, Christmas ornaments and gifts.