They’Re Creating Their Art, One Stitch At A Time

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In the last go-around, the Threadplayers were “Branching Out.” This time they are letting their shoes do the talking as they get “Footloose and Fancy Free.”

Held every two years at Gila Community College, the Threadplayers’ fiber art show is this weekend, May 3-4, in the main exercise room and this year’s theme has a definite “sole” about it.

Each member created a wall hanging using pastel fabric that incorporates a path and their footwear of choice. For one it is a pair of ruby red slippers, another cowboy boots or a pair of stilettos. The few dozen creations will be hung up alongside each other creating one cohesive piece. In 2012, the women were tasked with creating a pint-sized building for a quilted village known as Threadville.

This go-around, they were looking for another group piece and one of the members came up with this challenge, said Nancy Bollard, group president.

The Threadplayers, a group of quilters gone rogue, aren’t constrained to patterns and straight lines. The group lets their imaginations wander and stretch beyond the mundane into pieces that incorporate everything from gourds and leaves to felt and feathers.

Using a combination of appliqué and stitching techniques, the woman create 3-D pieces as well as wall hangings.

Another challenge each quilter took on this year was creating a wall hanging incorporating geckos. There will be many more pieces on display from each quilter, each displaying their distinctive interests and talents.

For more information, visit www.threadplayers .com or call (928) 978-5036.

The show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A $2 donation is suggested.

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