‘Thread painting’ has many names, but it is, quite simply, painting with threads, and uses one simple stitch called long and short stitch. It’s believed to be derived from satin stitch, and is also similar to back stitch. I think of it as detailed, delicate colouring-in, using different colours next to each other to create a blended, shaded effect much like painting. The stitch technique allows you to recreate the colour and shape of the object you are ‘painting’. You can use fine, single stranded cottons and silks for a delicate effect, or thicker/multiple strands for a more painterly finish.
Also known as silk painting and silk shading, this technique is used in haute couture right through to fast fashion as it can be done by machines for speed and easy repetition. On the sewing machine the technique used is freemotion embroidery with a walking/bouncing foot. I teach only the hand embroidered technique.
If you’d be interested in learning more about ‘thread painting’, please get in touch. I have taught classes at Prema in Uley, Kingshill House in Dursley and the Folk House in Bristol, as well as small workshops in peoples' homes. All you need to provide is the space and the participants and I will bring along all the materials and images so you can learn to thread paint. No previous knowledge of embroidery stitches or techniques necessary.
Just wanted to let you know that I very much enjoyed this workshop yesterday. Jemima is such a talented tutor and I learnt so much in a short time, was very pleased with what I achieved and have been enthused to do more. Jemima was exceptionally well prepared for the workshop and more than met my expectations in every way.
Feedback from Folk House workshop
Feedback from a private workshop
I had a lovely day, very relaxing to sit and sew all day. Jemima is a fabulous teacher - I’m very proud of the pansy petal that I’ve produced so far, I’m just about to embroider a bit more!