Lea McComas

www.leamccomas.com

My work is representational with visual images that touch memory and emotion, forcing them to come forward in our consciousness for fresh analysis.  For me, art is both an emotional and intellectual exercise.  I limit my medium, almost exclusively, to cloth and thread because textiles and fibers, in one form or another, witness every moment of our lives; from the blanket that wraps a newborn child, to the uniforms of our teams and our vocations.

Lea’s first book, Thread-Painted Portraits: Turn Your Photos into Fiber Art, was released in 2014.  She resides in Colorado.

 123. Photo Editing – All Levels – 3 Hours
Friday:  2 to 5 p.m.

 

Original Photo – Winterscape:               Winterscape Quilt:

Original photo – Layla                                                          Layla Quilt:

Learn basic processes to manipulate and edit digital photos and prepare them for translation to fiber, along with principles of composition and the psychology of portraits. The finished results can be used as the first step in making a pattern for an applique portrait quilt or can be printed directly to fabric. Lea will demonstrate the processes involved in photo editing and participants are invited to bring their own laptop computers with photo editing software and follow along to enhance the learning process. Two people can work together and share a laptop. There is no kit.

Supply List:

A laptop with photo editing software.   I’ll be using an older version of Photoshop, but almost any program will work for this workshop. I suggest Photoshop Elements to anyone who is going to purchase a program.  We will be covering basic processes that should be included in any photo edit software.  I’ll teach how to search for a process if you don’t already know how to find it.

4 to 6 photos of subjects for possible pictorial quilts; 1-2 each of people, animals, landscapes.

Thumb drive for saving new files.

Workshop Handouts will be provided by Instructor at no extra charge

 207. Thread-Painted Portraits – All Levels – 6 Hours
Saturday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (2 hour lunch break)

Students do not need a photo for this workshop.

This class will include the practice exercises in the Intro to Thread Painting workshop and then expand to facial features. Use free-motion stitching on a printed fabric foundation to thread paint a portrait. Begin with a basic blending and contour exercises before moving on to the stitching of specific facial features. Learn how to select appropriate threads and how stitching lines can be blended and contoured to create a realistic facial image. Additionally, learn tricks for adding detail and ways of manipulating the background to support the overall composition. This class will focus on photo editing, basic stitching to blend and shape, and stitching individual features.

Kit fee is $10, includes practice panels, printed fabric, thread, stabilizer, photo editing notes and reference printouts – Payable to instructor at workshop.

Supply List:

A sewing machine in good working order with a free-motion foot; extension cord with power strip/surge protector.

Machine needles (size 90/14 is recommended, but bring some 80/12’s and  100/16 if you have them)

Several bobbins filled with a neutral or medium gray thread (4-5 recommended).  I suggest you use a thinner thread, 50-60 wt., or a thread specificall  designed for use in the bobbin, such as Bottom Line or Mettler Bobbin Fil. Some bobbin threads come in only black and white.  If you use these, I  suggest 2 bobbins of each.

150-250 yd spools of thread (40-wt recommended) in the following colors:

White                Red

Light gray          Yellow

Medium gray      Blue

Dark gray           Green

Black

Spool(s) of thread to refill bobbins

Scissors for cutting thread

Pen and paper for notes

Mechanical pencil or fabric marking pen (Frixion pen works great) for marking on  portrait panel

Small trash bin, bag, or box for collecting loose threads

 These items are suggested, but not required:

Free motion sewing gloves

Teflon sheet for sewing plate (Supreme Slider)

Thread-Painted Portraits by Lea McComas

 Lea will also have several items for sale to include:

Her book, Thread-Painted Portraits

Thread kits in a variety of colors

Design tools (Golden Mean Calipers, Color Filters, Gray Scale Card)

Free-Motion gloves

Silicon sewing mat

Teflon pressing sheet

306. Introduction to Thread-Painting – All Levels – 3 Hours
Sunday:  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


(This class is the same beginning exercises as the first 3 hours of Thread Painted Portraits workshop.)

  This class provides an easy introduction to the basics of thread-painting.  Learn to fill in shapes, blend and shade using multiple colors, create hard and soft edges, and use single line stitching to outline and add detail.

This workshop covers just the beginning exercises that I use in the Thread-Painted Portraits workshop.  If anyone signs up for both, they will be getting a double dose of this workshop.

 

Kit fee:  $5.00, includes practice panels and handouts.  Payable at Workshop.

 Supply List:

A sewing machine in good working order with a free-motion foot; power strip/extension cord with surge protector for your sewing machine

Machine needles (size 90/14 is recommended, but bring some 80/12’s and  100/16, if you have them)

Several bobbins filled with a neutral or medium gray thread (2-4 recommended).  I suggest you use a thinner thread, 50-60 wt., or a thread specifically  designed for use in the bobbin, such as Bottom Line or Mettler Bobbin Fil.  Any color will work.

2-4 spools of thread (40 or 50-wt recommended) in contrasting colors (ie. Red/green, orange/blue) Bring some cotton and polyester.

Scissors for cutting thread

Pen and paper for notes

These items are suggested, but not required:

Free motion sewing gloves

Teflon sheet for sewing plate (Supreme Slider)

Thread-Painted Portraits by Lea McComas

Lea will also have several items for sale to include:

Her book, Thread-Painted Portraits

Thread kits in a variety of colors suitable for portraits

Free-Motion gloves

Silicon sewing mat

Teflon pressing sheet

 A2. 1-Hour Lecture:  Making Faces with Lea McComas
Friday:  10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  Lea’s portrait quilts have won international recognition. Discover the influences of history and culture that inspire her pictorial quilts. She will share information about principles of composition, the geometry of faces, and how value, color and temperature work together to create realistic pictorial quilts, as well as a brief overview of her techniques for fused applique and thread painting.  Lecture will include a Power Point presentation and trunk show.