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Thread: painting cross stitch embroidery, tried it?

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    painting cross stitch embroidery, tried it?

    My very first quilt was a cross stitch kit, eons ago...
    I've kind of got a hankering to do another, but I'd like to try a different technique.

    Has anyone painted cross stitch lately? (I know it was popular 30-40 years ago, but the tubes were a booger)

    Thank You!

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    Sorry, no help here as I have never heard of this technique.

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    I've done very little of it. My great-grandma did it all the time and let me play with it. I've been toying with the idea of ordering this starter kit to give it a try. I figure I could always do some dish towels for practice. Even if they are ugly they should dry stuff.

    http://www.marymaxim.com/aunt-martha...ner-s-kit.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    My very first quilt was a cross stitch kit, eons ago...
    I've kind of got a hankering to do another, but I'd like to try a different technique.

    Has anyone painted cross stitch lately? (I know it was popular 30-40 years ago, but the tubes were a booger)

    Thank You!
    Oh I remember "liquid embroidery" ... while I did some of it, I can't say I ever fell in love with it over and above real embroidery!

    I didn't know that you could get the supplies again now. I bet the tubes and paints are a lot better now!
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    Yes Do you mean 'try kem' Sorry the SP for got how It was spelled BUT I still have alot of the Tupes! AND some of the Iron on Books TOO!
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    I did my kids little outfits with animals, ete... with try kim its still on some of the little shirts my boys wore when they only 7-8 lbs now there 250+ LOL
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    I started a table cloth over 37 years ago. I think it is somewhere in my closet now. I haven't looked at it in 25 years. I enjoyed doing the embroidery paints.
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    Try the fabric pens they work great I just finnished a raggy ann quilt and painted the raggys

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    Which pens did you use roda? can you share an image?
    I have the fine Sukara's for signing quilts but they'd never show up well for something big and I'm not particularly impressed with how they last on signatures. Even heat set on prewashed fabric they fade.

    Funny how with our combined brain power it all comes back. I'd forgotten the term liquid embroidery. and Tri-chem I think people sold it like avon and tupperware?

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    Hobby Lobby has the sets of paint tubes and iron on transfers in the needlework department.
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    Search for Trichem Liquid Embroidery and it will come up. I actually used to sell that stuff years (and I do mean YEARS) ago! I had every color they made!
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    Oh Tri Chem yes! Memories of pillow cases for all my aunts at Christmas when I was 10! Even did a set of baseball images for my brothers jacket. I think it washed well, was certainly fun, and the tubes can still be purchased at craft stores.

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    What about using the Derwent pencils, a water brush, and then an iron to set the color? Or the Shiva paint sticks for more vibrant color?

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    Puffy paint in squeeze bottles could be an option. They are (were?) popular for tees. I don't remember the specific directions but having the "stitches" more 3-D might be an improvement over the flat TriChem.

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    I did this one with Derwent Inktense pencils have done them with watercolor pencils and sharpies
    Attached Images Attached Images


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    that came out gorgeous roda, thank you for posting it, those pencils are great for shading.

    I'm thinking of cross stitch, I never have cared much for doing stem stitch, satin stitch, petals etc.
    I'm also thinking in terms of a one sheet summer top, not batting and quilting it.

    I just finished a candlewicking top using colonial knots (similar to french knots) and it is lovely but I'm tired of floss.

    I really appreciate everyone's input!

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    Rats, I wasn't fast enough to edit and put this in my last post.
    I looked up Trichem as reminded by the name from some of the members above,
    Just look at all the different types they have now!

    http://www.trichem.com/paints.html

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    I just inherited my DM's Tri-Chem paints when she died last August. I have transfers and all kinds of stuff for it. I thought that they would have dried up by now, but they are still good 30 yrs since I last used them. My DM was BIG into Tri-Chem.

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    Herrschners also has them in their catalog.

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    My sisters did that back then, but I never cared for the look. I would love to find a good way to use the printed on fabric cross stitch pieces tho, since I can no longer so the hand stitching. So many of them are so pretty.
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    I think it was Artex paints when I was a kid we did a lot of it as it was "the thing" in that day and age, they have held up well I still have tablecloths with it, I m sure when I GO THROUGH MY MOMS THINGS i WILL FIND A BUNCH OF DRIED UP TUBES!

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    I used to sell Tri-Chem back in the 70's had NO idea they were still in business. My mother sure painted some pretty things with the Tri-Chem paints she was better at it than me. Have No idea what ever happened to my paints must have sold all them at a yard sale. I do remember that the trick to getting them to last on fabric was to heat set them and the color would stay bright. They probably have improved the paints a lot since then.

    I check out the site and see they still sell them on the party plan.....and they have a Lot more product than what they did when I sold it. Will have to check them out futher.

    Thanks for the memories.
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    I remember doing it when i was about8 that was 45 yrs ago. My grandma made a stunning white dress with the fowers coming down off the shoulders, it was the bees knees

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    Wow... I haven't thought of this stuff for eons. One of my first quilts, (still unfinished, lol) was using some blocks my mother made.... I still have more of the blocks around, I may have to do something with them.... Name:  FlowerGirls.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by aliaslaceygreen View Post
    Wow... I haven't thought of this stuff for eons. One of my first quilts, (still unfinished, lol) was using some blocks my mother made.... I still have more of the blocks around, I may have to do something with them.... Name:  FlowerGirls.jpg
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    Oh wow, I loveeeeee your flower fairy blocks. I do hope you bring them out and use them in a quilt. Your mom did a great job on them and they deserve to be used. Hugs and smiles.
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    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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