Hello and welcome to my blog.
My name is Sharron Deacon Begg, a.k.a. Threadpainter. 
I live in the small rural town of Harriston, Ontario, Canada.
I am a mother of 4, grandmother to 12 and wife to 1. Hubby and I are approaching our 48th 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 thrilled ! 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 to my high school sweetheart 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 ! With adult females to talk with while learning, anew, a few embroidery and sewing skills. I had learned to sew with my mother when I was 9 yrs old on her old singer pedal sewing machine. My maternal grandmother had taught me to do hand embroidery and my father encouraged my drawing. With these skills, I made clothing for my children - often 'decorated' with embroidery ... once , even collaging a portrait of Michael Jackson onto the back of a jean jacket for one of my daughters ... all drawn and embellished by machine before I realized that I could let the feed dogs down ! (so much easier to draw that way!) 
Then, 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/moniker:
'Threadpainter'. My sewing machine is my easel, my sewing machine needle is my pencil/brush and threads are my paint'.

I create 'paintings'. 
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.
Recently my focus has been drawn back to portraits, an old love.

Belonging to Connections Fibre Artists keeps me very busy in the local fibre art field. 

Along the way, between developing thread paintings and hanging art in shows, I helped co-ordinate 'Threadworks', a Tri-annual, Juried, Travelling Fibre Art Exhibition, which has now ceased to be. Threadworks was the dream child of fibre artist Elizabeth Duggan Litch. When Threadworks was started there wasn't a support system for fibreartists ... Threadworks supplied that support and the Wellington County Museum and Achives supplied the venue ... for almost 30 tears ! Fibre Art is now widely well known, practised and enjoyed.
It is a wonderful feeling to have participated in such a great movement.

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:   sharronthreadpainter@gmail.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.