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Deborah Wirsu
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Fabric dyeing - It was never my intention to start dyeing fabric yesterday, but when there's a need...! So a small batch of reds and blue/greens that I needed was created, followed by a bit of fun and experimentation with different designs! Visit my blog to read more. 
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24/03/2017
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Thread Sketching in Action No 67, a Balinese Temple Silhouette, I demonstrate how to use a simple appliquéd silhouette and combine it with blended shades of many different thread colours, all using simple straight, horizontal stitch to work the background. Not sure where to start? Take a class with me - sign up at http://learn.deborahwirsu.com/courses or subscribe to my email list and get a free thread sketching ebook - head over to https://deborahwirsu.leadpages.co/mailing-list/
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Learn ways to free motion stitch, colour or paint this beautiful Magnolia Flower design on fabric. One design - Many choices! In this demo video and article I show you how to create this elegant, yet simple thread and paint picture, stitching on your machine and colouring with fabric paint and/or thread.

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Sometimes it's good to step outside your stitching comfort zone!
Travel Series Thread Painting No 4 - Dune Grass, Le Petit Saint-Michel

What puts you out of your comfort zone? For me, it's definitely abstract thread sketching.

But after working the first three pieces of this Travel Series in a representational way, I felt the need to do something completely different, so turned to an abstract design!
Read more... https://www.deborahwirsu.com/2016/06/21/sometimes-its-good-to-step-outside-your-stitching-comfort-zone/
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Simple colour theory was used to create this week's video (see post below) for Thread Sketching in Action. This week - Star of the Sea
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Star of the Sea is the study for Week 35 of Thread Sketching in Action. This little work demonstrates how you can effectively apply colour theory to a very simple design, to create something vibrant and eye-catching. 
https://youtu.be/1F3A2uKRkB0

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This little stitched picture, measuring 10" x 4" was inspired by a photo I took at sunset from Mt Buller, looking out across the Victorian ranges. I've tried to capture the contrasting silhouette of the near ground and trees with the soft blue-green of the distant ranges - a blue so typical in the Australian landscapes of eucalypt forests - and the deepening yellows and oranges of the sunset.
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Work in (slow) progress...this abstract design still doesn't look much, but I'm getting an idea of how it will develop. It still needs many more layers for interest and, I suspect, some cotton fabrics to give it more life. Will keep chipping away at it! 
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Amid conflict, wars, busy lives...
...and love
the setting sun will rise again
in silence and peace.

Never let the sun go down without telling someone you love them.
Wishing you a wonderful, safe, happy and peaceful holiday season and festivities. 

Deborah
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'Black and White and Read All Over' - a quilt featuring deconstructed text and a play on words from the children's riddle:
Q. What's black and white and read all over?
A. A newspaper! 
The quilt is worked in cotton fabric, appliquéd and edged with satin stitch. It is the latest in the Latitude group challenges, this time the theme being "Lettering"
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