Hello and welcome to my blog.
My name is Sharron Deacon Begg, a.k.a. Threadpainter. 
I live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
I am a mother of 4, grandmother to 11 and wife to 1. We are approaching our 43rd anniversary. 
I did one year at the Ontario College of Art, now known as OCAD. 
I took time off to earn money before going back to college, working for a bit as a cartographer at the University of Guelph and then as a draftsman for a local land surveyor. 
It was while working at the UoG that I was asked to co-illustrate a text book on environmental changes ... I was trilled ! I was 22 yrs. old ! I still own a copy ;)
Before I knew it I was married with 4 children. Raising 3 daughters and a son was way beyond my expectations when I was just a girl of 16, day-dreaming of being a professional artist one day. 
I have always sewn, drawn or painted, took art in high school and completed several commissions before I was 17. I excitedly headed off to art college where I was sure my real life would begin ! An engagement, and a wedding to plan, put art college on hold. Before I knew it I was married with 4 children. Raising 3 daughters and a son was way beyond my expectations when I was just a girl of 16, day-dreaming of being a professional artist one day. I barely picked up a pencil or a paint brush in the next 15 years.  
Time flies ! I never did go back to college !
Art came back into my life when I joined the Guelph Needlecraft Guild while pregnant with my fourth child .... getting out of the house one night a week was a sanity saver.  I had learned to sew with my mother when I was 9, my grandmother had taught me to do hand embroidery and my father encouraged my drawing. With these skills, I made my kids' clothes - often 'decorated' with embroidery ... once collaging a portrait of Michael Jackson onto the back of a jean jacket for one of my daughters ... all drawn and embellished before I realized that I could let the feed dogs down on my machine (so much easier to draw that way!) 
At guild I learned about free-motion machine embroidery and I was off to the races ! Drawing my own photos/drawings onto fabric just seemed to combine all the things I loved to do.
After many workshops, many juried shows and a number of awards, I have stream-lined my work into thread paintings, describing my work resulted in my nickname ~ 
'Threadpainter'. My sewing machine is my easel, my sewing machine needle is my pencil/brush and threads are my paint.
I create landscapes (that look like paintings from across a room). 
When I talk to new acquaintances about my art and then tell them I work on a 1960's Kenmore (whom I call 'The Virgin', because no man's hands have ever touched her), with hand-painted cotton and threads ... shock and disbelief and then laughter, comes forth.
Over the years my focus has been on the landscape of rural Ontario ... especially trees. I love trees, especially naked, winter trees.
Belonging to Connections Fibre Artists keeps me very busy in the local fibreart field. In between developing thread paintings and hanging art in shows, I also help co-ordinate 'Threadworks', a Tri-annual, Juried, Travelling Fibre Art Exhibition.

Please note: Do not reproduce, copy, download, store, or distribute any part of Threadpainter's pages/photos without the written permission of Sharron Deacon Begg.
I can be reached by email at:    sharron.elizabeth@rogers.com


  1. Hi Sharron
    I am so pleased you liked my comment on Arlee's post re art and craft.

    I am Australian, like you a grandmother and I love threadpainting as well as other types of embroidery but whatever I do it is always designed and made by me.

    The little bit of your work I have seen so far is great. I wish I could do machine embroidery but I guess I like the handwork too much to take time out to learn.


  2. Hi Chris ... very pleased to meet you ! Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment !
    Machine embroidery isn't easy if you are unfamiliar with making a sewing machine work in a completely different way than what it was intended for. If you have been using one all your life, it still takes a bit of nerve to change the tensions and let loose and sew with abandon. I learned from a lady who didm;t even use and embroidery foot -- just the bare needle stitching without a foot ! I am on my way to visit you.

  3. Hi Sharon. Just found your blog for the first time and I am blown away by your art work. What a feast for the eyes! I am a bit intimidated by the wash-away stabilizer stuff. Are you going to be doing a work shop soon?
    Liz in Owen Sound

  4. Hi Liz, I am glad that you found me ... I'm just sorry that I did not notice this comment before now ! Thank you for the lovely compliment ;) As for water-soluble stuff, it's not hard at all... the most difficult part will be your familiarity with your sewing machine and making sure that all stitching is connected to the next. I do not do workshops, as such, but will help via email as much as you want.


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