Talking Threads & Textile Art – Inspiration on TV

Talking Threads Title

Talking Threads is a new, magazine style program, targeted specifically at the ever-increasing market for textile art that aims to inspire people to be creative with fabric. It is shown on The Country Channel, on Sky TV, but you can view it online and get lots of inspiration from it. I’ve watched these programs several time and have already started to experiment with some of the techniques you learn in them! Go check them out! I’ve made a list for easy access. Enjoy!

Talking Threads videos

Jill Kennedy – Episode 1 of Talking Threads features textile artist and teacher Jill Kennedy. She paints big colorful flowers with resists and silk paint on fabric!

Gilda Baron – Episode 2 features stitcher and teacher Gilda Baron who does fabric painting into landscapes where she combines machine and hand sewing stitching.

Di Wells – Episode 3 features patchworker and quilter Di Wells who stitches black thread onto tissue paper!

Kim Thittichai – Episode 4 of Talking Threads is about painting and melting tyvek

Fay Maxwell -Episode 5 features textile artist and teacher Fay Maxwell. She is my favorite in this series, and her method of slicing fabric intrigues me!

Linda Miller – who draws with the sewing machine like an artist, from sketch to free form stitching that is pictorial. Adorable stuff!

Myfanwy Hart shows us how to dye your own fabrics with cold-water dies.

Anne Griffiths – in episode 8 Anne shows her big sketchbooks and how to use water soluble fabric to create lacy effects on the sewing machine.

Angie Hughes – Episode 9 features multi-media artist Angie Hughes that creates landscapes using bondaweb and transfer foils onto black velvet. Mmm!

At the Talking Threads homepage you can buy these videos as DVD:s, they are made by the same people that made the DVD Inspired Quilt and Printmaking that I reviewed last week! But for now, they are still online and you can check them out for free, along with the Christmas specials. These videos are like a golden basket of inspiration!

And there is more! You have to check all these out. Enjoy!

Free form machine embroidery

Stitch Images Part 1 – Images in different media with Jan Beany
Stitch Images II – Free machinery embroidery with Jan Beany

Textile Artist inspiration

A special programme featuring interviews with five well-known textile artists, in which they reveal the influences on their work. They explain the methods used to record their ideas and the techniques employed to create their exciting works of art, featuring Julia Caprara among others!

Inspirations Part 1
Inspirations Part 2
Inspirations Part 3

Bead Embroidery

This is the latest series of programs I’ve been enjoying. The art of bead embroidery is new and wonderous. The first show starts kind of silly with two ladies buying beads, but then the whole series is about how you can make your own beads from fabric, yarn and other materials! I think it’s full of inspiration, I hope you do too.

Bead Embroidery Part 1
Bead Embroidery Part 2
Bead Emroidery Part 3
Bead Embroidery Part 4

That’s it for today. Time to create something!

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8 Responses to Talking Threads & Textile Art – Inspiration on TV

  1. Jeannie says:

    Thanks so much for the list. I had watched the Angie Hughes program, but did not realize there were so many others. Perfect activity for a gloomy, rainy Monday! Have a great week.

  2. danit says:

    Hi Theresa,

    I wanted to Congratulate you, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award!

    http://organicodysseys.blogspot.com/2010/03/thoughtful-thursday-bookswapping.html

    Thanks for having such a wonderful and interesting blog!

  3. danit says:

    Oh… Hanna, I’m sorry for calling you Teresa. I had a blond moment. So sorry. But your blog is on my nominated list, and I do love your work and your love for colors.
    Danit

  4. Kitty says:

    Thanks so much for posting this – I wasn’t aware that they existed. Will have plenty to watch!

  5. Rachel says:

    Thank you for this list!!! I’m a high school art teacher and I’m going to be including textile arts next year. These are perfect sources of inspiration for myself and my students. Thanks!

  6. Terri says:

    What a terrific list of textile related videos! I’ve already started exploring them! Thank you!

    What about individual hand embroidery stitch videos? Everyone needs to know how to do a French knot at one point or another in textile pursuits! I like Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread videos: http://www.needlenthread.com/2006/10/video-library-of-hand-embroidery.html . Some of them are a bit scratchy / fuzzy, but they’re all really thorough and they’re great for learning individual embroidery stitches!

  7. Lorraine says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these links Hanna! I’ve seen the Talking Threads but wasn’t aware of these others. I’ve become quite absorbed in watching them. Thank you.

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