My creative process
I have been working on the largest thread painting I have attempted to date. It is approx 30 in x 18 inches and continues my process of finding an relatively inexpensive means of transferring images to stitch. I used the Rapid Resizer programme to create the original image over 9 A4 sheets. I then encouraged my Epson inkjet printer to print these images on shirt weight cotton. I started off by ironing the fabric onto freezer paper but then by accident I fused two sheets of freezer paper shiny sides together. I decided to economise by putting a light spray of positional spray adhesive on the paper and ironing the fabric onto that. It gave a slightly thicker than 80 gms paper but it went through the printer better so I continued to print off the other sheets,.
Then I cut out just the image, leaving the background and set them out so I could see that I had all the pieces. These were then fused using a bondaweb type facing as for standard applique processes, onto the back ground fabric. The joins in the image were clearly visible but once they were stitched over they were not a concern. I applied stiff iron on interfacing to the area where the image will be. There are lots of tiny stitches in a small area so reinforcing the fabric is a good idea.
I have used rayon threads because I love their sheen and I have a nice collection of these. I dont usually use varigated thread but the breast is a varigated brown that I manipulated to get the thrushe's speckles.
I am about 3/4 done in the photo. I will try a different padding method with this one. Basically trapunto over the bird area and maybe double layer over the nest and chicks and then use a fairly low loft cotton batting and quilt a leaf style free motion stitching over the rest. It could change as I progress