Thread painting might look difficult, but it is actually very simple. No advanced skills are necessary and the best part is that no special machine is required. I call it my anyone-can-do-it approach. Set your machine to a straight or zigzag stitch, drop the feed dogs and you are in business.
I use two methods to thread paint my designs. The first is the tulle sandwich method which consists of two layers of tulle sandwiched between two layers of water soluble stabilizer film. The second is the direct method which consists of 1) bottom layer - two layers of stabilizer backing 2) middle layer -the fabric or quilt top and 3) top layer - a layer of water soluble stabilizer film on the top. In both methods, the design is traced on the top layer of water soluble stabilizer film and acts as a guide to thread paint the design.
Many of the students I have worked with take a look at my award-winning quilts and say, “Oh no, Nancy. I couldn’t possibly do that.” I always say, “Listen, I can’t draw. I can’t paint. But I can do this… and you can too!” Thread painting using my technique really is easy. Just take thread painting one step at a time and everything falls into place.