Theresa met the Portrait Challenge

Self Portrait

FROM THERESA: This portrait was from a photograph which was changed by the stamp filter in Photoshop and printed out on a cotton sheet. The hair and glasses were stitched free form on a sewing machine and the other stitches were added by hand. The background is made up of bits of colored fabric which have been glued and sewn down onto the cotton. The piece was stretched around an 8″ x 10″ canvas. 


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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