Thread paintings

These thread paintings from the series Home illustrate rural landscapes within 50 miles of my hometown in Northeast Texas. I have recently spent Saturday mornings photographing the region’s landscape. Photographs taken while driving down dirt roads serve as the starting point for watercolor sketches. Based on the sketch, I dye cotton muslin for the sky and background. The grasses and trees are formed through free motion machine embroidery and through hand stitching. The use of thread and needle forces the work to progress more slowly than if the landscapes were rendered in paint. The more deliberate process echoes the quietness I associate with these places.

CR 2716 near Allen’s Chapel, 10″ x 10″
CR 2730 near Allen’s Chapel, 10″ x 10″
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CR 4120 near Ector, TX
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CR 440 near Whitewright, TX
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Rose Hill near Tom Bean, TX
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Oak Hill Rd near Tom Bean, TX
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CR 1245 near
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CR 4230 near Bonham, TX
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CR 4075 near Ector, TX
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CR 4851 near Leonard, TX
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CR 4065 near Ector, TX
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CR 4230 near Bonham, TX
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CR 4425 near Whitewright, TX

 

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FM 3040 near Bonham, 8″ x 10″
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FM 4526 near Randolph, 8″ x 8″
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FM 1053 near Leonard, 7″ x 14″
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FM 3106 near Bonham, 7″ x 14″
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FM 1135 near Whitewright, 8″ x 10″
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FM 1553 near Leonard, 8″ x 10″
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FM 4130 near Bonham, 4″ x 6″
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FM 4851 near Leonard, 8″ x 10″
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FM 4055 near Whitewright, 8″ x 10″
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FM 4825 near Leonard, 8″ x 10″

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