Hand Painted Threads created by students in-studio.

Hand Painted Threads created by students in-studio.

The effects of stitching with hand painted threads.

The effects of stitching with hand painted threads.

Hand painted threads even work to create unlimited shades of neutrals.

Hand painted threads even work to create unlimited shades of neutrals.

I often mix painted Broder with unpainted floss strands for special effects.

I often mix painted Broder with unpainted floss strands for special effects.

“Color Stories” Hand Painted Threads

designed by fiber artist, Connie Pickering Stover

 

Now 14that I had given myself the gift of freedom of expression, I also found that I needed threads of colors and textures not found in manufactured colors, that expressed my passion for creating works that were unexpected. So “Color Stories”  hand painted threads was born out of desperation for my need to create needlepoint with colors and textures that I could only find if I created them myself. Like an artist with paint, I craved colors that could be mixed to create new colors!.

And the fun of this process of using hand painted threads was that these few strands that were created might never be seen again. Their ephemeral quality was so much a part of challenge and joy of knowing that they could not be easily recreated.

Whether you are new to needlepoint or a seasoned needleworker looking for something really different to add to your project, Hand Painted Threads  is your go-to online thread store. Here you will find truly unique products that will enhance your projects and make them your own.

I’ve been asked about the number of threads I use in my designs on 14 and 18 count. Some needlepoint stitchers are not as familiar with cotton broder. The sample stitch [left] has one strand each of two different broder colors and two strands of one floss color. So there are actually THREE colors in the stitch I am beginning here.

So here is what I find produces very nice stitches in basketweave:

On 14 count canvas, use:

3 strands Broder or
2 strands Broder & 2 or 3 strands of floss for blending or
1 strand Broder & 4 strands of floss for blending or
1 6-strand thread of floss

On 18 count canvas, use:

2 strands Broder or
2 strands Broder & 1 strand of floss or
1 strand Broder & 2 or 3 strands of floss for blending or
4 strands of floss

When you mix threads of high contrast you will get a more “tweedy” effect which can be interesting if you are looking for lots of texture. I often mix unpainted floss with my painted Broder threads for a more subtle, uneven modeled look. I also mix colors that are close in values for a really new and interesting color.

I’m hoping that when you work one of my canvasses that you experiment with color combinations that please you. I usually include enough floss to make blending choices that make your finished canvas very personally your own.

Of course, it’s also a great way to attack some of those stray floss colors in your stash! Have fun!