Trudy Thomson

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  • Chevron’s Tickle the Tapestry

    Finally finished one of my most elaborate and detailed tapestries titled “Chevron”. And its size makes a statement: 34 by 65. Using very fine variegated cotton fiber the colors shift as the pattern scales the face of the piece. Sometimes I let the changes flow as they presented themselves and sometimes I “flipped the scene” […]

  • Unfurl the Tapestry

    These two tapestries are created from three different types of fiber. One, the warp which is linen. Taught. Rugged. Good because it does not give as you wrap other type yarn around its structure. Two, one of the wefts which defined the overall pattern is a rough nubby hand-spun wool of irregular fatness — hence, […]

  • Slip the Silk Through

    So one of my latest adventures is creating tapestry out of saris that have been shredded into long strains, and are usually made of silk. Various colors winding through various spaces. Here is one of my favorite latest tapestries. I cannot get enough of this and do have many different colors arranged inside my blanket […]

  • Remnants Reign Supreme

    I just finished a “tapestry” that mimics a traditional Rya Rug technique using remnant scraps purchased from a rug manufacturer. I just love the variety of lectures, the various colors and the way some strips lay flat while others bunch. And when there is extra fringe I can tuft it up with my fingers! As […]

  • Eco Printing

    Eco printing is my latest adventure, and here are many different ways to approach the process. One used most frequently by crafts persons is the steaming or boiling of a rolled up and tightly tied bundle of joy. This can be carefully positioned in a large turkey baster on a rack, or placed in the […]

  • Announcing My Vida Collection

    Announcing my first SIGNATURE COLLECTION of Scarves at ShopVida. To create these patterns I took photos of my favorite hand-marbled hydro-printed silk and manipulated the images in the digital format. These images serves as a start to what I submitted to ShopVida, which is what they print my designs from on their various products, including […]

  • Real or Not?

    Thought I should share some pics that represent the two very different styles of a friend that is an artist. He studied art here at the University and taught art in our area. He now has a shop/gallery where he paints while others step in to see his space that has delightful mid modern furniture […]

  • Making the Marbling Moves

    Making the Moves for Marbling Now I am obsessed with a new fiber art technique known as marbling. It some ways it reminds me of abstract music, with a rhythm. The reason? To create the designs I use a slow swipe and a gentle pull as I lean over a bath of vitreous solution. I […]

  • Which Way Should the Art Flow?

    I recently helped hang a show that Barbi Dalton and I are hosting together at the Reflection Gallery in Durham. After much consideration we settled on a theme entitled, Water Flows. This is particularly apt for Barbi because she has painted many lovely scenes where water bursts over large boulders and a variety of other scenes […]