Dawn Johnstone

Thread painting and textile art.

I enjoy experimenting with textiles, paints and threads. Free motion embroidery, also known as needle painting and thread painting, is a technique, that creates stitches with a sewing machine that resembles paint strokes.

I work with many different fabrics, but Habotai silk with it's smooth texture, strength, yet fine weave has to be my favourite. I enjoy marbleing on fabrics and I find applying paint a slow, relaxing, measured process that creates a beautiful soft background. In contrast to painting, free motion embroidery is a much livelier process. I move my fabric around, painting with many coloured threads giving beautiful detail, texture and depth to my work.



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