They were called “Alpine Rose” and “Thread Painting is as Easy as 1,2,3”, both taught by Nancy Prince. She was an absolutely amazing instructor and I’m addicted now to her techniques. I bought her book “Thread Painting with Style” and am thoroughly enjoying reading it. You can visit her website NancyPrince.com.
She made her classes both personable and fun and I learned something that I never thought I would try. It’s basically free motion embroidery and embellishing with thread.
On the first day’s class we learned how to fill in a floral design completely with thread and make a stand-alone embroidery design. The techniques were comfortable to me since I do a lot of free-motion quilting and machine applique. This was the next logical step and I can’t wait to combine it with my current work.
Next, we learned how to make trees and bushes. By simply following some guidelines, we were able to make very realistic-looking trees.
Her classes were well organized and included kits with the backgrounds all ready to go. At right is Nancy’s quilt that she based our second day of classes on.
Below is a tree canopy that I thread painted and some shrubbery that fellow classmate Kathy made. Kathy was one of the first quilting students I ever taught years and years ago. It was fun to meet up with her again in class!