I am going to teach 2 or 3 tutorials on how to thread paint Christmas Subjects,during
the next few days.
They are easy to do and I thought the blog might be a good place for people to
by and follow these instructions.
I will start with #1 POINTSETTIAS, #2 A CHRISTMAS CANDLE. #3HOLLY AND
PINE CONES. (I will walk you through each project and I hope you will
use this tutorial when you are doing your Christmas projects.
BASICS OF THREAD PAINTING -
The basic idea of thread painting (free hand) on your machine is to accentuate
fill in all the portions of the subject.
We are going to start with the Pointsettia. You can use these beautiful
thread painted flowers for many different Christmas projects. I usually thread
paint 5 - l0 different sized pointsettias and keep them in a baggy until I
am ready to use them.
A BIT ABOUT THREAD PAINTING.
Free motion embroidery is done much the same
way as free motion quilting. Your feed dogs are dropped and you use a special foot.
Some machines have a special sliding foot which slides over the top of your
fabric and you free motion embroider with it. I use a 'spring' embroidery foot or
a darning foot which I find the best way for me personally - Possibly because I
am used to doing it this way, and haven't taken the time to try to use the other foot from
my new Husqvarna Saphire 870. I used a medium value Husqvarna freesia for 8
years of constant thread painting. The main thing is you want your feed dogs dropped
that your foot can easily slide in every direction over the fabric.
HOWEVER - recently I have read 3 or 4 thread painting articles where the feed dogs
weren't dropped. If you have an older machine which doesn't allow the dropping of
the feed dogs, you might wish to try it.
DIRECTION OF STITCH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR IT TO LOOK NATURAL.
FLOWER PETALS are many different shapes, but all of them are attached to the stem.
You stitch from the stem out toward the end of the petal - some petals are wide, and you
have to stitch from the stem outward and go
up and down always meeting in the center at, or above the stem. See the examples
in this post.
I use two different types of stitches -- very narrow zig zag for corners etc. Larger zig zag
stitches for fill in -- I don't use a satin stitch except for around the edges when I
attach the motif to the project.. For veins (flowers and leaves) I use a very fine
close together zig zag.
I use a wider, fairly close zig zag for filling in the project.
never thread paint across a shape - in otherwords follow the shape of the subject.
If you stitch across a leaf it will not look realistic. If you shape from the stem to the
outer petal it will look better.
I also use a straight stitch at times so it is entirely up to the person doing the
\There is also the thread painting that doesn't fill in the whole area - instead
you can use your stitching to accentuate, rather than completely cover
I hope you will enjoy the following tutorial -- I will do one motif every two days
and I hope you will incorporate the information in your Christmas projects.
It would be very helpful for me, if you put a comment about the different
sections -- I will read any questions and answer on the blog.
Below is an example a thread painted flower I did on a piece of printed fabric for a
friend - take note of the direction of the stitching, it is what makes the