Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thread Painting Tips

 This week I taught a thread painting class at Sew Nice.
I was amazed at how fast my students learned to thread paint.
There was so much information that I gave them that I wanted to post a few reminders and a picture is worth a thousand words.
The picture above is a sample of what we did.

Here are the reminders:
Always bring your thread to the top so you do not have a knotted mess underneath your project.

If you thread paint an embroidered picture, I use two threads for the top.  I have a large cone of thread that is pictured and a bobbin of thread.  When I thread my sewing machine, I thread the two threads like they are one thread.  You may want to loosen your thread tension just a little.  You may be wondering why I have two empty bobbins on top of my bobbin full of thread.  The experience that I have had is the bobbin is so light weight that the thread spins off too fast causing some uneven stitching and it crossed my mind that a regular spool of thread would be a little heavier than a bobbin.
So the empty bobbins add just enough weight to make my stitching perfect.

This quilt top is still on my design board.
It has been there since October and I am trying to finish.
I would like to have it quilted by next Christmas--we will see!

I have a friend that needs to borrow a sewing machine that is learning how to quilt.
Do you think that I can hook her on quilting with a Singer Featherweight?
She wants to see if she likes sewing before she invests a lot of money into a sewing machine.  I hope that she finds it as enjoyable as I do.
Making quilts for others and giving them away is the best therapy there is!

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne


Pam said...

I love your quilt on the design wall. It will make a beautiful Christmas quilt. I agree that quilting and giving go hand-in-hand. Thanks for the tips.

Needled Mom said...

She will love the Featherweight. I hope she gives it back when she is done with it ;-)

Nice thread painting hints.

P. said...

You are a good friend to loan out your Featherweight!

Interesting techniques for your threadpainting. I bet that's a fun class.

Quilting By Jeannie said...

I agree - hope she give it back. Love the quilt on the wall

pea said...

You are so inspirational. I am just a beginner (haven't even started my first project yet) but I am just in awe of what you've done. Thanks so much for sharing with us all.