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Thread Painting for everyone.  This group intends to explore how and when thread painting can be used as enhancement to art quilts, ATC's, etc or as the sole medium for art.

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New Thread Painting Swap.

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Thread Painting and Mix Media Challenge.

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Ally needs a catchy business card name.

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BB's Sharpie & Alcohol Painting Technique

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Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 8, 2017 at 2:17pm

Sherri - some people don't use a foot at all, but you need to be very mindful of the needle!  Some also put their fabric in a hoop to keep it taut, and you move the hoop, which if you don't have a foot on the machine, helps keep your fingers away from the needle.

Comment by Sherri Eley on July 8, 2017 at 2:07pm
I have A Janome and i can adjust the speed too. But i think what is happening is the free motion foot becomes loose and gets in the way of the needle. So I am trying to remember to re tighten the screw every so often
Comment by Charlotte Gustavson on July 8, 2017 at 12:51pm

Sherri, what kind of machine are you using?  I have Berninas and some have a half-speed setting that's perfect for my hand motion and I don't worry about having a heavy foot on the gas peddle! ;D

Comment by Sandy B /AUS on July 7, 2017 at 3:16pm

It really does Sherri. I too do not seem to have the available time at the moment. I am still not able to wet back to the baby quilt - time will be there soon. I hope; he,he,he.

Comment by karenthequilter on July 7, 2017 at 1:36pm

Sherri, it's looking fantastic!

Comment by Cindy on July 7, 2017 at 1:26pm

Sherri, another thing to be mindful of is the speed of your machine in relation to how you move the piece with your hands. If the motor speed is too slow chances are you're moving the fabric layer too fast resulting in the needle still being in the fabric thus breaking your needle. It takes practice to get comfortable with a fast sewing speed and coordinating the moving of your piece. You might practice on some scrap fabric to get up to a comfortable, workable speed. Hang in there, it's lots of fun and the results are fabulous. Your elephants are looking great.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 7, 2017 at 1:07pm

Hmmm.... you shouldn't be getting the broken needles, Sherri.  Do you have the feed dogs lowered?  I like what you've don on it so far. The elephant is looking great! So glad you are finding it fun.

Comment by Sherri Eley on July 7, 2017 at 12:42pm

I'd be up for a communal project... I am getting into this thread painting although not very proficient at it yet.  It is fun to do .... Even with all the broken needles...

Comment by Ally Bryant on July 7, 2017 at 10:09am
Karen- nice to see you on here it is been a while, I know what you mean about full time job getting in the way.LOL. I remember when I was running my business and help DH with his business and running the home, I would say ONE DAY when I retire, now I am in that mode now and enjoying every minute. It will come!!
Maybe once summer is over we need a small project to share t get our creative juices going. What does everyone think?
Comment by karenthequilter on July 7, 2017 at 6:51am

Hi everyone!  It's certainly been awhile!  Nice to see all your names popping up in my email notifications.

I'm not thread painting much, but I do really miss it.  Maybe one of these days.... Full time job gets in the way.

Sherri, I love your wallhanging - great advice from the group!


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