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Free Motion Embroidery
Also known as Thread Painting...using it for clothing
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Date: 4/4/12 10:14 AM

I have looked for a section with this topic, but haven't been able to find it. Mainly posts about the pre-programmed work.

I asked on the new to PR section and was advised to start something here in Creative Sewing

I have done quite a bit of this type of work as Textile Art pieces.
Here are a few links to some pieces I have made.
Firestorm Feline
Ancient and Wise Dragon
Dragon Claw

I have had a go using it a little for Wearable art. I think it would be interesting to discuss more ways of using it in garments.

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Date: 4/4/12 11:42 AM

Beautiful work!

Nora :)

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Date: 4/4/12 11:52 AM

As wearable art, the clothing would have to be able withstand the weight of the "embroidery" and embellishments or there could be distortion of the garment or the design.

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Date: 4/4/12 12:57 PM

Oh my! Your work is beautiful!!!

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Date: 4/4/12 4:23 PM

Hi thanks for all the comments!

what I have found works best about distortion is to create the image on one piece of fabric - using something to stabilise it - and then cutting the piece out and applying it to another piece of fabric with a free motion zigzag around the edges.

Otherwise, you find yourself doing a bit of unplanned trapunto!!

however you can use Free motion work to enhance the already printed design on a piece of fabric.
stitch enhanced fabric
I made a book cover with that piece, book cover
but it would work for something like cuffs and collars using the same fabric as a blouse, but making it slightly different. Or even a decorative band at the position under the bust for an empire line dress.
Do you know anyone on this site using techniques like this?

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Date: 4/4/12 8:21 PM

I think what you are doing is so great. I've seen some really wonderful examples of this in a quilt shop in Southern Illinois. Do you know of any books or materials to help us learn about this?

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Date: 4/5/12 0:30 AM

Thread Painting by Joyce Drexler copyright 1983
Decorating with Machine Embroidery (DMC) copyright 70s or 80s
Gutermann Thread Painting by Liz Hubbard, original copyright 1985
Singer Decorative Machine Stitching copyright 1990 (includes other forms of needlearts also)
Machine Embroidery by DMC ,Beginner's Guide, copyright 1976
McCall's Needle-Art Machine Embroidery Volume IV copyrights 60s and 70s
The Complete Book of Machine Embroidery by Robbie and Tony Fanning, 1986 (includes other forms of needlearts also) Originally Decorative Machine Stitchery 1976
Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques by Nancy Bednar & JoAnn Pugh-Gannon, copyright 1999. (includes other needlearts also)

There probably are many newer books out there, but I haven't looked as I have plenty. :)

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Date: 4/5/12 7:30 AM

These are the ones I use with my students.
Beginner's Guide to Machine Embroidery Pam Watts
Creative Machine Embroidery Gail Harker
The Encyclopedia of Machine Embroidery Val Holmes
The Machine EMbroiderer's Workbook Val Homes

and although this one is focused on Free Machine Quilting, the info is excellent on things like thread, tension and the like.
ThreadWork Unraveled Sarah Ann Smith

I like to use this kind of work with unique materials as well. Like sewing on metal and paper. I am trying to develop a way to enclose paper so that it still looks like paper, but can be used on garments and stand up to a hand wash.
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Date: 4/5/12 12:42 PM

I haven't looked at my books through the eye of someone just starting out, but my new favorite book is Thread Magic Garden by Ellen Anne Eddy. This book goes into more detail than usual not just in the mechanics of thread painting, but advice on how to shade various flowers. Not having a background in art or an artistic eye I find this very helpful.

Not that there's anything wrong with older books, but stabilizers and thread have evolved quite a lot in past 5 or 10 years and older books don't include any info on products that weren't around then. Not that one should be limited by an authors use of products, but the choices can greatly affect the outcome.

Your quilt shop or bookstore may have some books to thumb through, or you can do what I do and simply buy them all

Edited to add, I recognize at least a couple of the books Sew Whatever lists as being written in the UK. While I have no doubt they are fabulous books full of good advice, I have found that many of the products, especially fusables and stabilizers, used in the UK are not available here in the US, at least not under the same name. I'm sure folks outside the US have the same problem in reverse. If I were just starting out it would be helpful to me to have a book(s) which references products I could find. Just my two cents.


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Date: 4/5/12 2:20 PM

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my new favorite book is Thread Magic Garden by Ellen Anne Eddy. This book goes into more detail than usual not just in the mechanics of thread painting, but advice on how to shade various flowers. Not having a background in art or an artistic eye I find this very helpful.


I have been thinking of getting this book. Ellen Anne Eddy often has real detailed info on her blog as well. Ellen Anne Eddy blog She does posts about things in her life as well, but she is very giving on what she knows.

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