Threadpainting – or should we call it using the sewing machine in an interesting way?

Of course the day didn’t go as planned… I think is been like that for the past week. I have scribbles in the diary that need to change in a flash with the needs of the family and in between times I’ve been planning events for the rest of the year and working on projects.

Today was to be purely work in the studio….. hiccup. that didn’t happen. An outing with a daughter that needed a break was the go and we both enjoyed it.  So the work happened in the early hours of the morning before her visit and late afternoon.


I’m actually back working on a thread painted project. You know these things are planned as I travel and its so nice to actually put things in place.

I find that it’s difficult to work for hours on end. I generally do an hour or two at a time, but even that takes a toll on the shoulders.  I have to make a concerted effort to sit up straight and relax the neck and shoulders. The cat is one of my larger pieces.

The cat below is 2 ft X 2 ft.


I’ve done a base layer, and then another 5 layers on top of that to capture each strand of fur. Its very satisfying and I remind my self to take it slowly. slowly. But I do have a deadline so there is a little panic setting in.


You can create anything with thread painting and I only use my own images for the projects I create. These little slippers are one such example. I don’t add a lot  in the background of my quilt, I just prefer to tell the story with a single image.


The eye, a most unusual subject for a thread painting but it was done to share the technique of shading.


This one of Kaiden isn’t finished yet… but I’m getting there. I really only have to do the quilting in the background. Both of these were done for my Craftsy class launching at the weekend.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Wendy in Kennewick says:

    All are amazing! Do you do your own printing on fabric? I know you have addressed this in past posts, but I can’t remember.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Sometimes I do Wendy.

  2. Anita Dalzell says:

    Dear Pam, I have been following you since our Guatemala trip. I love orange and notice you do as well. Your posts are always so much fun, as I look forward to them daily. I wish I understood “thread painting”. Although I am creative, I have no idea what you do! I like this post although I am not sure what you are doing😀. I especially like the orange elephant background fabric! Have fun and safe travels. Anita Dalzell

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Anita, we sure had fun didn’t we.

  3. Tammi D. says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love your work and especially the background stories. So inspiring!

  4. Pam, besides being a gifted artist, you make me feel like I am your BF and part of your family. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  5. Judy Murrah says:

    Absolutely amazing work, Pam.

  6. Sheri Andresen says:

    So excited for the class to start! I will have Pam in my home to teach! I have even been on the look out for a new bright cup that will be sure to help

  7. Really awesome. I’d love to see step by step photos og how you build – but that might be just what you craftsy class is all about. Congratulations on that!

  8. Judy O'Sh says:

    Amazing! Absolutely Amazing! I just started following your blog. Girl, you are talented!
    Pam, what type of sewing machine do you use? I’m going to Craftsy to check out your class.
    thx, not so talented me – Judy

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Judy, I have use a Janome Horizon for these quilts.

  9. Eileen Keane says:

    Pam, I love Kaiden’s expression. My grandson has that same look in his eyes a lot. But the cat!!! I had to blow it up to even see there was thread used at all. Wow!!!

  10. Eileen Keane says:

    Pam, I love Kaiden’s expression. My grandson has that same look in his eyes a lot. But the cat!!! I had to blow it up to even see there was thread used at all. Wow!!!

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