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Painting With Thread: How To Make Realistic Embroidery

Needle painting, also known as “painting with thread”, is an intricate and fun way to create realistic looking embroidery art. Years ago, I began making embroidered pet portraits. I am a completely self taught artist. My journey has been a long and sometimes frustrating process, but I continue to improve my techniques and incorporate practices …

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The Best Needle Painting Embroidery Books

If you’re anything like me, you love investing in helpful embroidery reference books. I am always on the lookout for new or highly recommended needle painting embroidery books to add to my collection, and I wanted to share with you some that I personally own and love. Each book in this list has a bit …

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How To Embroider Pet Portraits [Resources + Tutorials]

Years ago, I began teaching myself how to embroider pet portraits. It was fun and challenging at times, but it also felt long and frustrating to figure out. Eventually, I got the hang of it and have completed hundreds of custom portraits for people’s beloved pets. There weren’t as many resources online when I first …

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8 Incredible Thread Painting Embroidery Patterns

Thread painting is a form of embroidery that uses the long and short stitch to blend colors together in a way that emulates traditional painting methods. It has a distinct, realistic look with smoothly blended colors. While this style of embroidery can look daunting at times, it usually only uses the long and short stitch …

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Color Blending In Hand Embroidery

Hand embroidery poses a special challenge because you can’t mix different colors together in the same way that you would when you are painting. This tutorial focuses on perfecting the technique of color blending in hand embroidery using color gradients and the long and short stitch. Disclaimer: This post has some affiliate links in it. …

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The Essential Guide To Thread Painting For Beginners

I made this essential guide to thread painting for beginners to help you learn the basics and avoid some of the mistakes I made when I was first teaching myself to thread paint. Whether you’ve never embroidered before or you’re looking to learn a new embroidery technique, this post will introduce you to a really …

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