Sumac is such a stately, regal plant and I think that certainly shows here in this print. I started this piece before I started Maples which I shared here. I dove back into my supply of fabrics that I created and added two silk pieces that I painted with acrylic paints in a surface design class in 2015. I am loving how these fabrics are finding their way together.

Again I turned to some hand-dyed variegated thread I purchased from Elin Noble many years ago.

I like to create one step at a time, making decisions about what I will use and how I’ll use it as each new step presents itself.  Here is thread painting done. Now — how to quilt the background surrounding the sumac.

I’ve been doing this a while. I have a lot of thread. And yet, I did not have the thread I wanted for this portion of the project.  It just arrived this week. Stay tuned.

4 replies
  1. Kristin Freeman
    Kristin Freeman says:


    The combining of printed fabrics, especially using silk, together with the painted fabrics are wonderfully harmonizing with one another in this piece. The thread you have chosen to use is perfect. Another very successful piece of fiber art!

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Thank you Kristin. I love the serendipity of it. Done years apart and without thought of anything but technique, these pieces work together beautifully.

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Thank you Ann. I learned of many uses for this beautiful plant including dyeing, medicinal and tanning. And there is a fossil of the plant from Washington that is dated 49.5 million years old. Interesting plant!

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