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the DownStairs Studio


Welcome to

the DownStairs Studio

fabric & fiber art


Betsy Hughes

A little about my art.......

Techniques vary but most of my fabric collage art pieces have been rough appliqued, hand painted, free motion machine stitched, beaded, or hand stitched. I sometimes use recycled tea bag papers and dryer sheets, tulles, and organza....... or whatever else I may find to complete the look and effects I want in the piece .

The process of creating my thread paintings starts by using digital photos, manipulating and enlarging them, then printing the photo onto high quality cotton or linen fabric. I then use the sewing machine needle as my paint brush and free motion stitch the main image filling in or "painting" all areas. Background areas are filled in with a decorative quilting design that is also free motion stitched.

My fabric art is mounted or stretched onto artist's gallery wrap canvas and are wired ready to hang.  Pieces can be lightly dusted off with a dry or damp cloth. I do not recommend displaying them in direct sunlight as the fabrics and fibers may fade over time.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in purchasing or would like more information about my art......I'm always happy to answer any questions.

I am available on commission to help create an original fabric art piece for your home, office,

or corporate setting.

Please click on each image in my gallery to get a close up look!

Enjoy your visit!