Jan 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog Party

2 Bags Full
Hello fellow bloggers,
A few months ago, while browsing blogs (you know how it goes ... read the posts, read the comments, find someone of interest, click on their blog, etc., etc.), I became  intrigued by a badge that showed up on a number of blogs, advertising a 'Grow Your Blog Party.'  I'm always up for meeting other bloggers, so I clicked and came upon Vicki Boster's blog '2 Bags Full' ... a lovely, cosy place to nose around in. Vicki knits 'nests' , has an Esty shop, writes about her travels, works full time and has 5 grand babies ... her energy seems boundless.
This is the third Grow Your Blog Party that she has engineered to bring blog lovin' folk together. Nearly 400 bloggers are involved.
    
"My "GROW YOUR BLOG" event is designed to bring more readers and FOLLOWERS to your blogs. The premise is simple-- just visit as many blogs as you wish and sign up to follow those that interest you. In turn, all the other folks will be doing the same thing~ we will all be growing our blogs!"


So here goes ... I am 'Threadpainter', aka Sharron, and I am a Canadian fibre artist with free-motion machine embroidery as my main vice.
Fine art 'thread paintings' are the result of working from my own photographs, painting my own fabrics and stitching with my trusty old Kenmore sewing machine. 
I have recently tried my hand at dyeing fabrics (without really knowing what I was doing) and, although rather exciting, I have yet to use these experiments much. 
I love entering juried shows ! Sometimes I even win an award ... all icing on the cake !

I have a small 'studio' which and it is nearly always messy (I will spare you the photographs of it). This tiny room also houses my computer, my office, my boxes of old, inherited family photos, my drawing materials as well as books fabrics, threads and paint ... and ... my multi-purpose ironing board (I need and use all available surfaces ;)).
My 'studio' is cramped but cosy and I know where all my treasured bits are.
I am wife of One, mother of Four and grandmother to Eleven ... life is full.

I had a brief career as a cartographer, first for the University of Guelph (pronounced 'gwelf') and then for a local surveying company. At the university I co-illustrated a textbook when I was just 22 yrs. old, of which I have a copy and am very proud ... the textbook is now way out of date. 
Drawing with pen & ink is a passion that I have had since my cartography days. 

A fairly recent addiction is genealogy. My maiden name is Deacon ... so if you have this name in your family, I'd doubly love to hear from you ;)

Why do I blog ? ... mainly, as a great way to record my journey in art.
I like to make connections with other fibre artists who love using their machines to create art ... who would love to share and learn from another kindred spirit (me ;)). 

I have volunteered to help Vicki Boster with this wonderful 'Grow Your Blog Party' to bring all kinds of bloggers together.

Welcome to my blog and enjoy the stroll. I hope that you will leave me a comment ... I enjoy my visitors very much and I will respond in kind ;)





64 comments:

  1. Hi Sharron... I am Vicki's Rep too and so glad you have your blog posted... lol. Have been checking my sites and was just going to send a note - when up you came. Welcome with such a delightful entry and I am following you. I have so wanted to free motion stitch and do it primitively; I can see the cartography carry through. Congrats on your successes. I now want to bring more life to my own blog - so glad to meet you. Love and hugs from Alaska. (Alaska Blue Moose - karendorcas.com)

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    1. Hi Karen and welcome ! I had my post ready for days !!! ... then completely forgot about it last night !
      Some volunteer I turned out to be !
      Anyway, I would absolutely love to share all that I can with you re; free-motion machine embroidery !
      We will talk soon ;)

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  2. Great blog post, Sharron!! What fun!

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    1. Thanks Marny ... will be around to visit shortly ;)

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  3. Glad to meet you! I am having a lot of fun seeing all the great inspiration, so many new ideas! L

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    1. Hi Lindi ... it has been a lot of fun ! I am so pleased to meet fellow bloggers and their passions.

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  4. Visiting from GYB Party and looking forward to seeing more of your work and your process. Not many blogs are devoted to machine embroidery of any kind and that's what interested me about your post the most. Your family reminds me of my own especially the babies and the bonfires! Glad to meet you, your new follower - Patrica @ Dogwood Lane Rambles

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    1. Hi Patricia ... so pleased to meet you ! I don't quilt nor do I cook ... but I am a country girl at heart. I had a German Shepard once (no pet since) and River looks like a doll ! I house-sit often and one of my clients had Easter chicks that he built a pen for in his drive shed ... I have some horrific rooster tales to tell you ;) ... Yup, we have lots in common !

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  5. Hello Sharron, it seems that I found you around the same time you came over to my blog. I'm just working through the list this evening. I hope we will have very many happy times together chatting about our lives and all sorts. Gilli @ Tasty Textiles by Textile Cottage

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    1. Hi Gilli ... I have met some wonderful, exciting people today ... very much looking forward to knowing you a lot better ;)

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  6. Nice to meet you, Sharron. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Good luck in the draw! I dabble in dyeing fabric as well.

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    1. Hello Judy ... a fellow Canadian, too ! Yoday has been a busy one, but a lot of fun ... I will try to visit again soon ;)

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  7. Well since I found you awhile ago I already know how talented you are:) Now I'll go and check the rest of the blog hoppers.

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  8. Hi Mary Ann ... lovely to be re-acquainted ;)

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  9. A truly great reason to blog, growth is inevitable when you share what you love with others.

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  10. Hello again Sarah ... so very nice to meet you !

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  11. Great to find your blog - love your fabric painting

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  12. Hi, Sharron. I loved the comment you left on my blog today, so I had to return the visit. Your description of your studio gave me a smile, as it sounds identical to mine, right down to where I store my inherited family photos! :) Enjoy the party! kathleen, fourmilesnorthofnowhere.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome Kathleen ... a little humour goes a long way, something that is lacking too often, so I was quite tickled by your post ;) I'll show you mine if you show me yours !

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  13. Hello fellow Canadian artist and blogger. :D So lovely to meet you via the GYB event. I'm off to figure out how to best follow you because I really want to know more about your fibre arts. x

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    1. Hi Veronica ... so glad you found how to join my blog ... welcome !

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  14. You *know* me, and i you, already :)

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    1. Good Morning Arlee ! Yup ... I know you ! From way back on Flickr ! Thanks for coming by anyway ;)

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  15. Thanks for helping out at the party! love your free motion work!

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  16. Welcome to my blog Shirlee ! I love buttons and I have my mothers button tin still ... an old candy tin !
    Only rarely have I actually needed one of her buttons, so must give them another look-see (it;s been ages !) and perhaps show them off !
    Thanks for your compliment ;)

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  17. ooooh - thank you so much for inviting us to visit. I just had a peek at your gallery and your work is amazing!!

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  18. Hello & welcome Magpie !
    So pleased to have you visit, especially when you say such nice things !

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  19. Ye gads, woman! You're awesome! This is a fascinatig blog - I'm so glad that you visited my little bloggy blog...blog parties are FABULOUS for meeting interesting new people! Looking forward to popping in to read more of your posts this year. Hugs from Shroo:)xx

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    1. Hello Shroo and thank you for joining my blog ! I have been reading about so many interesting people the last 2 days, it's crazy ! We'll talk lots !

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  20. Hello Sharron! Waving Hello (on the GYB party) from snowy cold NB where we're expecting a foot of new snow tomorrow. I've had a quick browse around your blog and look forward to a longer return visit. Your Thread Paintings are awesome! I have a friend whose last name is Deakin...likely an evolution of variation ?? Love your post in Nov. on "Am I an Artist?" Such wise words....
    Hope you'll drop by my blog as well.....

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  21. Hello Linda, I have visited your blog and am in awe of your embroidery. I hope the weather treats you kindly today and hope you will come and browse often ! Very pleased to have met you ;)

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  22. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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    1. Welcome Sue ... just had a quick stroll through your blog and especially liked your 'resolutions' (very realistic !) post ... I will be back soon for a more thorough visit ;)

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  23. Hi there, it's great to find your blog through GYB! I'm following along and look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work! Please do pop back over to my blog if you have time, J9

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    1. Hi Janine,
      Wonderful to have you here ... I will visit shortly ;)

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  24. Hi sharron, your threadpainting work is amazing! It makes me want yo get my sewing machine out right now! Im glad I found your blog through the party.

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  25. Welcome Mokki ! I hope you do get that machine out ... I would love to nudge and help you. Wish I could add a blog to my list ;) Just a nudge !

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  26. Hello Sharron, I've just found your wonderful blog, what a brilliant way to combine sketching and stitching. I've joined as a follower and I would like to invite you to visit me at Colours in the Breizh where I blog about drawing and sewing. http://valeriejaneg.blogspot.fr:/

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    1. Hello Valerie,
      I have been away for a few days and now I can officially welcome you to my blog ... I have become a follower of your lovely drawings !

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  27. Thanks for coming by. Sorry it took so long for me to come on over here to visit you but I was away on holiday somewhere warm.
    I find your artwork very intriguing. Something new to me. Sounds like you have done some interesting jobs. I love maps. I just said to my husband on this trip that if we were to do a media room in our house I wanted to cover the walls with maps. He just looked at me like I was crazy lol.

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    1. Hi Lori and welcome ! I kind of fell into that job, never really thought about maps before ... then it was just a hop, skip & a jump to the local surveyor, mapping out subdivisions ... I was good at it and spent a lot of time with Micron pens.
      I think that room idea sounds wonderful !! I have an old portfolio with old National Geo. Soc maps in it ... if you need extras ;)

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  28. Hi Sharron,
    Nice to meet you.
    A wonderful blog! I love the tread paintings; they are so unique.

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    1. Hi Dixie and Welcome ! I thank you for the lovely compliments ;)

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  29. Your thread painting is amazing! I'm about to do some free motion embroidery - not good enough to call it thread painting at this point - and I'm inspired by your work! Enjoy the blog party. Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan ... I would be glad to help answer any questions you may have about free-motion machine embroidery ... I have been to visit your blog and will come back very soon ;)

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  30. Hi Sharron! I am delighted to meet you and visit your blog! What fabulous work you do! I also am a volunteer for the party - thank you for all you have done! I am at: http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/ I love that you love to draw and use inks, and that you illustrate and have a cartography background. I want to illustrate children's picture books and I love to apply maps to my textile art. best, deborah

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  31. Opps - forgot to add that I'm a new follower! deborah

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  32. I think we are likeminded! love your art! and thanks for visiting my blog too! Addicted2Fabric via GYB
    Following...

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  33. Hi Brenda ... I think we are very like-minded !
    Welcome and I am looking forward to connecting with you often :)

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  34. What a great idea Sharron. You have certainly gotten great response.

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    1. Yes, I have gained a nice amount of new followers ... not too many that I can't respond to ;)

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  35. Sharron - I know I've been following your work on Flickr for a while now, but i didn't realize you had a blog? How can that be?!! Thank you for your kind comments, and sympathy for your previous slump. I understand and sympathize...

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  36. Hi Lee, I really don't have much time for Flickr anymore but I think my blog is listed in my profile. I drop in occasionally to see if FibreArt is still active and to post the occasional photo. I owe you art and intend to do something just for you ;)

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  37. Hi Sharron, you do outstanding work! I love your thread painting! Visiting from GYB, I think it is going to take the whole year to see everyone. I get so involved with each blog, looking around and reading posts!

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    1. Hi Carole ... Yes, it's going to take a concerted effort to keep in touch with all the blogs that I have joined ;) , but I'm certainly up to the challenge.

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  38. Nice to meet you Sharron! Love your pen and ink drawings. I also have a Kenmore sewing machine but don't thing mine is talented enough to do thread painting. lol

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    1. Hi Carol ... Nice to meet you, too ! If your Kenmore is of the age where the body is steel, you would be surprised by what it can do ... Let's talk ;)

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  39. Hello Sharron - it's lovely to meet you - I'm coming past from the GYB party - I know it's very late, but after spending the whole day at the party that Sunday, I've hardly made it back to my blog since and was just delighted to see all the lovely comments ... Thank you so much for visiting mine and taking the time to say hello. I am so envious of people who can do freestyle anything - I can knit and do various crafts, but only from a pattern - your work looks and sound amazing ... I going to follow along for a while to see more of your work and get to know you a bit better. I agree this blogging is a bit like having pencils :)
    Fil
    Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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    1. Hi Fil ... Thanks so much for following for awhile while we get to know each other better ;). Looking forward to hearing you sing ! .... See, I'd never be able to do what you do ! So, we're even !

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  40. I'm still making my way through everyone at the Grow Your Blog party! I am so loving your threadwork and look forward to stopping in again. jojohall.blogspot.com

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  41. Hi JoJo ... Welcome to my blog... Lovely to meet you and please, stop in often ;)

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  42. Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog. There are a lot of reasons one doesn't respond, on line, to a comment. Be gentle because I'm one of those folks...sometimes I can and sometimes I cannot. I mean no harm but my life is such that sometimes I can comment and sometimes I cannot. There are a lot of reasons people don't comment and most of those reasons good ones. When my husband died, it was all I could do to remember to breath; now I'm so caught up in keeping up with daily life and I just cannot do everything. Folks either understand and forgive me or they move on. Either is acceptable; I understand.

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  43. I understand ... Of course there are sometimes situations that make posting or answering friendly comments beyond the realm possibilities. Regular visitors to your blog will understand. Very sorry for your loss, and hope you have good luck with the sale of your beautiful Thistle Grove Farm.

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Hi ! Thanks for visiting and I hope that you can leave a comment on my blog.
I appreciate this connection to you and I will endeavour to answer you as soon as possible.
Word verification has been removed for your convenience ... it is such a mood breaker !
Sharron.