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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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Thread Painting and Mix Media Challenge.

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Comment by Terri D. on July 7, 2017 at 6:31am

Welcome to the group Sherri, love your wall hanging and I think doing some thread painting on it will really make it pop. If you use a stablizer, such as a fusible, then there is no need to remove it. If you don't plan on washing it, there is no need to remove the freezer paper. Can't wait to see more of your creations. Find it hard to believe that this was your first project.

I will be glad when I can get back to sewing; however, until my Visa is approved and my belongings shipped from the states to Ecuador, I'll just have to be content with seeing what everyone else is creating and taking pictures of my new home country.

Have a great day everyone!

Comment by Ally Bryant on July 6, 2017 at 7:04pm
Sorry about that gals, when I open up I just saw Sherri post above that last post one in April so made a comment it was weird when I popped back in low and behold there were the rest of your comments. So my comment didn't make sense as she has posted her picture!lOL.
Today had a wonderful time with my camera the views in NF are something. Also went to a insect farm NOW the spiders and Scorpians I can leave but the butterfly house was lovely. And I have some beautiful pic for my TP collection.
When I get home will post them.
Comment by Ally Bryant on July 6, 2017 at 6:45pm
Sherri welcome to this group. Please share your photos we would love to see.
This TP site has been quiet for soooo long!!LOL. Maybe we can get some action going on here. I am away at the moment but when I get back I'll post a work in progress I have been working on.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 6, 2017 at 5:32pm

Sherri - If it is a wallhanging and doesn't show I'd leave it alone.  I put stabilizer on the back of the whole thing and leave it on.  There are different weights of it. It really does make a difference with the threadpainting. You need to experiment with a variety of stabilizers and see what works best for you.  I have not considered freezer paper as a stabilizer, but if it works for you... great!

Comment by Sherri Eley on July 6, 2017 at 10:50am

Question:  I used freezer paper ,  since this is my first project and it will probably end up hanging on a closet walll.... Do you all remove every little piece of the stalizer That will take me  quite a long while with all the little leaves I have sewin in the trees.... Since I don't plan to quilt over the thread work sections   why can;t I just leave it in?   I guess I can it is my project after all. 

Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 6, 2017 at 7:34am

Hi Sherri!  Love the piece you are working on.  

Charlotte gave some great hints/helps.  It also is good to use a stabilizer on the back. There are a variety of types to use.  There are several discussions above that will give you helps and hints.  A great way to practice is to find a printed fabric (flowers are great) and with thread 'Paint' the object. Especially in areas that will be filled heavily, I like to use Superior Bottom Line thread in the bobbin - it is not as heavy as 'normal' thread so doesn't pile up/thicken up as much.

Have fun! I never dreamed I could do this and have found it to be about my favorite thing to do now.

Comment by Charlotte Gustavson on July 6, 2017 at 7:18am

Hi, Sherri! Thanks for the pep talk on the foot. Right now we're at our cabin in the Adirondack Mts. of NY with our kids and grands, so lots of help but not too easy to get to the dock and the water! Managed to get my foot into the lake yesterday but pulled something in the opposite hip. As the woman said, old age isn't for sissies! lol

Your piece looks great! Love your fabrics and your background piecing adds interest. If you've done free motion quilting this shouldn't be too difficult to master! You do have to be aware that too much stitching can really pucker up your fabric. That's easily "corrected" by stippling the heck out of the background! lol Have you heard of Inktense colored pencils? I use them to "enhance" my colors when I don't quite have the shade I need. You can use them on fabric and they are permanent. Water will make them bleed into the fabric like any other watercolor. Clear aloe gel will make them stay where you put them without bleeding, but you need to play with them a bit so your colors don't come out darker than you intended. Another option is to practice on a fabric with a large print. Florals work well for playing around. Like Cindy said, have fun! (and it's not stalling, it's "creative misdirection"! lol)

Comment by Sherri Eley on July 6, 2017 at 6:47am

NOw that I take a good look at this it needs something more. The composition not good. But my excuse is this is just my first attempt. but I suffer from a condition known as perfectionism. Which I realize is not possible in any earthly being.  

Comment by Sherri Eley on July 6, 2017 at 6:44am

Found my camera.. Welcome comments or suggestions.  I now wish I had made the elephant m ore colorful, because he is hiding in the foliage.  So hoping that any thread painting I add will make him pop.  Appreciate any suggsestions you all can give me.  

Comment by Cindy on July 6, 2017 at 6:03am

And you as well have had your plate a bit more than full, Sherri. I do vaguely recall your fall from the RV. Good to hear you're doing much better. Getting older isn't for sissies LOL.  Take care 


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