The Final Challenge is PORTRAIT

The final Needle Thread Cloth Challenge is PORTRAIT.


KIMAKA HARA Visit her site for a cheerful, whimsical tour!

There are many ways to explore the idea of portraits. It could be a self portrait entirely made from scratch or one could use a photo and stitch into it.  A portrait doesn’t have to be literal. It can be a mood piece that describes who you are. It can be a portrait of a pet, a friend, or a family member.

The pinterest inspiration board is HERE. The board has some interesting examples ranging from the über realist portraits by CAYCE ZAVAGLIA  and DANIEL KORNRUMPF to the whimsical and fun portraits of KIMIKA HARA to the curiosity work of DAVID CATA who literally embroiders portraits on his hands.

This month’s challenge is a complex one and we are leaving the choice of stitches to you.  We can see this challenge bringing in some wonderful work, perhaps pet portraits that are stuffed toys, or charming, delicate self portraits. Push yourself to come up with something that describes you or the person or animal that you represent with needle thread and cloth.

This will be a one month challenge and is due on May 31. Please send the photos to


or send a link to your blog or post about the work. We look forward to the results of the PORTRAIT challenge.

Please leave a comment on this post if you plan to join the challenge. If you leave a comment, we believe it makes more of a commitment to the project which is good for you,  plus this is our FINAL challenge!




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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…