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 along with a few basic stitches. If you’ve never tried it before, check out my tutorial that goes over the basics of thread painting.
In order to complete the thread painting embroidery patterns featured in this post, it is helpful to have a bit of embroidery experience, but you don’t necessarily have to have any thread painting experience! Every pattern goes over the basics and walks you step by step through completing the pattern.
These patterns are a bit more involved and may take more time to complete than other surface embroidery patterns. However, with a little bit of time and patience, you’ll be able to successfully complete one!
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Thread Painting Embroidery Patterns
Death Moth Thread Painting Pattern
This death moth embroidery pattern is available here in the shop. The PDF includes thread painting basics, product recommendations, the best way to transfer a detailed pattern, and has detailed step by step photos to help you complete the pattern.
Moon Embroidery Pattern
This thread painting embroidery pattern is another fun one that’s available here in the shop! Inspired by imagery from vintage postcards, this moon and stars embroidery is sure to be a challenging and rewarding one to make.
Pansy Pattern By Emillie Ferris
Emillie Ferris is a very talented embroidery artist who is well known for her highly detailed thread painting patterns. This particular pattern is geared towards all levels of stitchers and comes as a detailed 25 page PDF pattern. This specific pattern has many glowing reviews about how clear and concise the instructions are!
Moth and Butterfly Thread Painting Patterns By Stitch In Twine
These beautiful moth and butterfly embroidery patterns by Stitch In Twine come together as one digital download. They are so incredibly realistic, and the reviews mention how great and detailed all of the instructions are to complete each one!
Peony Embroidery Pattern By Sam Eldridge Art
Sam Eldridge Art has a few floral embroidery patterns available on Etsy that are absolutely beautiful. This is one of my favorites.
Fox Thread Painting Pattern By Chloe Jo Designs
This sleeping fox pattern framed with beautiful florals by Chloe Jo Designs includes 2 PDF files of step by step instructions. This would be such a rewarding design to make as your first thread painting!
East Blue Bird Pattern By Tanya Berlin
The texture and vibrant colors really make this bird embroidery pop. This pattern comes as a kit and has great reviews. It comes with the thread colors required for the pattern as well as detailed instructions.
Happy Place Embroidery Pattern By Jess Long Embroidery
This cat pattern by Jess Long Embroidery is sure to brighten anyone’s day! Jess has many fun and colorful patterns available on Etsy. This particular pattern is also featured in her book about embroidering animals.