Lea was practically born using a sewing machine, sewing her first garment at age 6. By 16, she completed her first hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilt (and never did that again!). After years of experimenting with quilting techniques and styles, Lea had a moment of clarity in her studio. She felt like she’d never be a painter, but that she would strive to achieve a similar level of artistry using thread in the place of paint.
We are grateful for Lea’s talent and are pleased to show off her fantastic 1st place 2014 IQA Superior Threads Master Award winning piece, Bike Boys.
Look at the detailed shading with the thread.
This beautiful piece of art was inspired by a photo from a 1896 Denver bike race. This ambitious piece took 8 months and 13 miles of 144 different threads to create. Lea loved using OMNI (172 color choices) because of the variety of color and value (light vs dark). To keep her piece from looking flat and cartoonish she used variegated colors of King Tut (136 color choices).
Lea has recently published her book, Thread-Painted Portraits: Turning Your Photos into Fiber Art and teaches nationally and soon to be internationally. To see more of Lea’s breath taking work, check out her gallery at LeaMcComas.com.
Images courtesy of Lea McComas