Thread Painting was the subject we recently had at our MQG sewing day and I had so much fun, that I thought I should share it with you.
We had several books for inspiration. One of them displayed the idea of using the appliquéd motifs for a greeting card and I was hooked.
The process is easy: You trace a simple motif onto the rough side of Wonder Under or any similar fusible web. Cut it out roughly, iron the sticky side onto the wrong side of a cute print and cut the shape out exactly. Next you iron the fused shape onto a background fabric, mine was a blank white.
Once you are happy with how it looks you stitch around with a black thread. Don't panic - it's easier as you might think. Drop down the feed dogs on your machine and use a free motion foot. If you like you can use an embroidery stabilizer for the background fabric. I went without one, because I didn't bring one to our meeting.
With the black thread stitch around the shapes, this doesn't have to be too accurate, it's part of the style to look a bit random, and it looks even better if you do the round for a second time.