What at first appear to be paintings, are actually handmade entirely with just fabric, thread, scissors, and a 1968 Singer sewing machine.
Each scene features many dozens of tiny hand-cut fabric pieces. Creating these scenes requires a slow and careful building of many pieces of fabrics, and many layers. Most of the fabrics she uses in her artwork are recycled--scrap, remnants and re-purposed clothing. Many of the fabrics Jamie uses are donated to her by her lovely fans.
Threadwork and stitching techniques are central to the realism and painterly aspects of Seeing in Fabric. By using a color palatte of thread in over 200 different colors, but just 2 basic stitch types--straight stitch and zigzag--Jamie creates a multitude of "shading", "brushstroke" and "drawing" effects.