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Thread: Thread painting...so much fun :)

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    Hey everyone, I have decided to do a ocean scene, here is what I have started, each one took me about two hours, totally worth it. My favorite is the octopus. Enjoy!!!


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    Those are really cool. I love the octopus best too :)

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    Very nice.

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    Cool!!

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    I love the mermaid and the fabric she's "swimming" in. I'm not familiar with thread painting. Very creative.

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    Very nice, love the mermaid.

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    Love the mermaid! Good job with all of them.

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    Really neat!

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    Wow - you did such a good job! Would you consider giving us a tutorial? If not, is there a link you could point us to? Thanks

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    You did an awesome job!! The mermaid is my favorite. Did you take a class or are you one of those naturally talented people???

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    Well I got the idea from some show on opb. did I do it correctly...not sure but they turned out pretty neat. I will see if I can't find something or try and make directions to do this. give me a bit, but will put something together.


    Cheers!!

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    Thread painting, hmmmmm...looks very interesting and yours are so cool! :thumbup: Would love to know some more about this technique!

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    Way Cool! That looks hard. Beautiful!

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    Wow, that is neat! I'm not familiar with thread painting either, but I will be soon! :)

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    Ok so where do I start....I stated with a medim weight interfacing and drew my design....if you find something you like you could proably trace it on there..... then after you have done that fuse it to your material. Next I put a rayon pretty tread in my bobbin and sewed the outline only( so it was upside down when I was sewing. layer from bottom to top. bottom was fadric and top was interfacing, this was also done on free motion). then after I had my outline on there I turned the material so it the was placed with fadric on top and interfacing on the bottom, and then just colored it whit my tread. I would sugjest something small maybe a flower or a fish...find some thread rayon seems to work best and color it. when picking the thread colors use some that blend good...suck as light pink, dark pink and maybe red. something to think about when coloring with the thread if you do a flower start from the center and work your way out to give the flower a more realistic look. or if your doing a stem imagine how the texture would look and use the free motion in those directions. I would think that maybe if you search thread painting on the net you should be able to find something...and don't get overwhelmed...when you think you have added enough thread add more! then your done. and if you make a mistake it's ok cuz you cover it with more thread. I hope I'm able to answer your quesions...I would love to see what you all come up with!!!

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    see part two for a better photo of direction when painting

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    They are very beautiful.
    Are you ging to share your technique?
    I would love some beginner hints...
    Maybe you could do a ttutorial in that section for the octopus....
    Thanks
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    Charla, your thread painting is fantastic :D

    I 'played' abit doing this a while back, once you relax it's great fun, but unless you are confident doing free motion, you need to practice practice practice :lol:

    A good place to search is utube, then you can see how you move the fabric around to get the right effects :D

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    Thats really cool!

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    amazing work!! I took a thread painting course back in June and just loved it!!! I never did get back to it!! oooh some day...

    I love the fish and the mermaid myself!!!

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    Very nice I seen that on one of the quilting shows her in Cleveland. This lady does it on black velvet or just black material anyhow she did her's on a long arm lad out the quilt and thread painted away.

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    I love them all. An embroidery machine is on my list of wants. Hubby says wait til the prices come down :(
    I'll enjoy looking at everyone elses.....
    Is it expensive to do?

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    you don't need an expensive embroidery machine to do thread painting. A good straight stitch machine will do well. One that you are comfortable with. All you really use is the straight stitch. At times I do use a zig zag also but the machine that you have should do. It is not expensive but having a lot of beautiful threads sure adds to your enjoyment. Its like having a lot of different paints. And for goodness sakes, please get good threads, not the cheap stuff that frays and breaks. That is too frustrating and you want to have fun, not frustrated.

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    Your mermaid is my fave. All are beautiful

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    You don't need to go out any buy a fancy machine, if you can drop the feed dogs in your current machine you can do this. you can use the straight stitch or zig zag. I use rayon thread and they run about 5 to 7 dollars. but last 4 ever.



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