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Thread: Just a little bit about Thread Painting

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    Just a little bit about Thread Painting

    If you want to add some wow to your art pieces then thread painting is a skill you should master. The only "rule" is you need a non woven stabilizer. Most shops carry this and if you ask the help, they will steer you to the right product.
    So this little piece is how I "painted" a leaf in a current piece. The veins are stitched first a reference. Then each colour is stitched in. I usually start with the lighter shades first. Threads over lap. This is what blends them. And I finish all my pieces with a satin stitched edging. I find it crisps up the work.
    I think embroidery threads are a must. they add a sheen and stand up to the needle work. How could you not produce something lovely when your threads have names like Orange Meringue, Golden Harvest, Cream Yellow and Deep Gold. Enjoy!
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    Lovely!

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    Wow! Thank you for showing the steps. Your stitching is beautiful. I have steered away from thread painting, but you inspire me to try. Maybe on a runner first. Just lovely.

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    Beautiful. Thanks for the info.

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    These leaves are beautiful, MK - you do start with some fabrics, and then add the detail with the thread, right? They turn out very cool.
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    Great job - thanks for sharing. I always love when I see this however when I try it, it looks like scribbling LOL

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    Very pretty thread painting!
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    As usual, beautiful work. Ths for sharing.
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    Really beautiful! I have a book on thread painting, but have been too intimidated by the process to begin. Thanks sew much for the inspiration. I'm going to jump right in now that you have shared your project.

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    beautiful leaves and stitching, would love to see the entire piece! Please share when completed
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    It's absolutely beautiful. Love the tute! My problem is I can never stay within the lines. I've always colored outside the box. I may try this on a small piece like a layer cake!

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    Very cool! Nice little tutorial!

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    Wonderful, thank you. When we lived on Taiwan my maid did the most beautiful thread painting. I brought back some she did for me. I have always wanted to try.

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    Really pretty, you really brought the leaf to life!
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    Wow, beautiful thread painting, thanks for sharing.
    I don't know how to do that.....YET!
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    Beautiful! I took a thread painting class years ago when my kids were small. (They are grown with teenagers, so you can imagine how long ago that was!) I haven't done any thread painting for a long time. After seeing your beautiful piece, I am inspired to try it again.

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    Thank you for sharing I love to do thread painting and wish I had more thread colors in my color box.

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    Very beautiful.

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    Thank you very much for taking the time to make this and show us the steps to your beautiful work! You do a wonderful job. This is something I hope to try one day!
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    thanks for showing us step by step-great job
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    Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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    Do you do the machine appliqué first? Do you also use a light weight batting? If so, thread painting after machine appliqué and then add the batting and quilt? Thanks so much. I am so confused.

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    Some times for all your questions. My fabric/cartoon applique is almost always fused. If its small then it will be done on the full piece ie fabric+batting+stabilizer/stiffener. If its large I either do it directly onto the background only with no batting only stabilizer OR I do it off the piece and cut it out and apply it to the backing with either invisible thread of a complimentary thread colour. There is no fixed formula. A large piece wastes the batting if you do it on the quilt sandwich, and I use left over pieces of cotton batting from my quilts constructions.
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    beautiful thread painting
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    Just beautiful work!! I was mostly surprised reading the stem is applied first as a reference point as I would've used the stem last as a final focal point so I'll have to try your version as it's exceptional! Fabulous tut! TFS!

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