Thursday, May 20, 2010

Threadworks 2010 - Part 1

The theme for this show was Trees. Here's the official blurb taken from the web site of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers' for Threadworks 2010. If you go to the web site you will see that there is a link to the pdf for the catalogue that shows all the works and the description. I have not given credit to the artists nor have I described them in any detail. The catalogue does a much better job of that.

"Threadworks is a special project of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers'(ONN) 1,000+ members. It showcases exceptional and creative needlework by artists from across Canada. Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA) in Fergus, Ontario is proud to host, sponsor and support the inaugural exhibition, and acts as the organizing venue.
Threadworks is a juried exhibition that is mounted every three years and travels across Ontario to many museums and galleries.
This year, the interpretive theme was "Trees". Practitioners of the needle arts were invited to submit up to 3 pieces (the actual work, not photographs).
All pieces had to be substantially worked with a threaded hand- or machine-needle and be of original design.
The maximum size was set at 36" x 45" (although diptychs and triptychs are acceptable).
Of the 230+ pieces of work received this year (2010), 61 were chosen for circulation around Ontario for the next three years."

This was the first piece as you entered the room and turned to your left. It was called Trees Dancing for Joy and won the Curator's Award.

I think this was one of my favourites.

There were a lot of techniques at the show and one of them was threadpainting.

Here's a close-up to show you what I mean.

Another detail of threadpainting - for those of you who do it and also to give an indication as to how much work goes into it.

There were smaller pieces, there were totally embroidered pieces, there was all kinds and all sizes. Although there was a limit to how big the piece could be (36" X 45"), triptychs and diptychs not included, there was no restrictions on how small a piece could be.

This was called Northern Blues. I think it was the only one done on a canvas.

Another piece with machine stitching.

Here's a close-up.

This one was called Indian Summer. For those of you who don't know about Indian Summer, here's a Wikipedia description.

What I did find, after viewing this show and taking one last look around, was that many of the pieces were framed. I took a look at some of the past show catalogues that I found online and didn't see many that had been to a framers. It appears that having a piece framed is the way to go - at least for these artists and judges.

Another smaller piece but effectively embroidered. I think it could even be an entry into the next Threadwork's show in 2013 which is Water.

I will upload more tomorrow. I don't want you to get overloaded with photos.

***My one critcism about the show was that, since there were 230+ pieces that were submitted (each person was allowed to enter up to three pieces), and 61 pieces were chosen, why did the judges choose two pieces from at least three artists? Why not just choose one (the best one) from each artist, leaving more room for other artists' works to be shown?


  1. Amazing talent! Thank you for the show. x

  2. Thanks for the photos. Hmmm, I think I would have loved having a nice close-up look at all those different techniques. I think the framing is a way for quilters to say their work is "art" too. The framimng gives them a more professional look I suppose, but I like fabric borders because they look "friendly" and "approachable".

  3. Lovely work! It would have been great to see these in person, for sure.

  4. Wow. I'd love to go see this in person! That threadpainted one is incredible. And I think Indian Summer is my favorite. I have to agree with your question, and I think they should make the show bigger! I'm going to go check out the catalog.

  5. It is great to have the opportunity to see what other aritst are doing. I am a slow worker and other people's work is always inspiring.

  6. Wonderful show! Awesome photos of creations Dolores! Thanks so much for sharing them! 8-)


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