There's been interest expressed in a group for Needlepainting. This is rather a tricky grouping, because needlepainting techniques can fall under other types of embroidery (Japanese embroidery, for example, Chinese embroidery, ecclesiastical embroidery, goldwork and silk embroidery...)

I'm assuming this group would be devoted to needlepainting in the sense of creating realistic looking embroideries that look as if they are painted, using a variety of techniques, primarily long and short stitch shading.

The group would be a place to discuss techniques, tips, resources, instructors, materials, and so forth, related specifically to needlepainting. 

I'm not 100% sure such a group is entirely necessary, since there's already a group on hand  embroidery in general, and needlepainting falls under hand embroidery. Discussions related to needlepainting can always be held in the surface embroidery group.

BUT - I'm open to hearing what YOU think. Should there be a separate group for needlepainting? Can you think of specific advantages to having a group dedicated just to needlepainting? 

And finally, if you are interested in such a group, please raise your hand and let me know. If there is enough interest, then we can get one started. There also has to be a willing moderator available.

I await your input!


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Count me in, I'll join and I think your definition of the parameters is a good one.=)

I may also consider moderating (my experience with another group teaches me that not much is required of one), but it would depend on what I was expected to do.

Hi, Elizabeth. Two again! :-)

Moderating involves keeping track of the various discussions - keeping them on track, moving discussions to a new thread if they get off track (for example, someone might start a discussion on needlepainting animals, and the next thing you know, the topic is on flowers, which would be better in a different discussion category), and making sure no one is taking advantage of the group, spamming, or whatnot. Just general oversight. If you run into any big problems (which doesn't happen too often!), you can always refer the problems to me.

Depending on how much you want to get into the role, you can also propose topics that will keep the group lively, you can add pages to the group, with tutorials or whatever, and similar stuff. But that's all extra, and up to you.

We'll see if we get more takers! Thanks for stepping up!


Sounds fine in principle.  I think my only hesitation is that I don't really want to increase my on-line time - as it can rather cut into a day!  Having said that, groups don't really tend to be lively...  Perhaps most people are busy stitching instead!=)

If this group existed I would certainly join it but I'm not thinking to myself  "I REALLY wish there was a thread painting group on SF".   That is probably because I am already in most of the groups that thread painting would fall under :-)

ooo I'm up for that one... :) I would love to learn the how too do's on this type of embroidery.

Raising my hand to say I would join such a group. I am just learning needle painting so would appreciate an opportunity to learn from others.

My hand is raised also.  I've been plugging along on my own, trying to learn/refine some needlepainting techniques.  Chatting with others and getting some feedback would be a great help.

I´m in! I think needlepainting is a technique that is so complex and so varied(with different cultures having different approaches on it)that it could use it's own group, and it also for many people seems to be a rather daunting technique and I think having a group where we could show our work but also explain how we do it and post links to tutorials, books and help each other out could convince more people to have a try.

Ok, you've sold me! 

Next week, I'll work on groups! 

Thanks a bunch for your feedback, all!


Good-oh and yes, I'll moderate, if you like.=)

Awesome, looking forward to it! :D

Glad to hear needle painting (creating realistic looking embroideries that look as if they are painted) is going to become a group upon its own.

I love crewel, needlepoint, etc. and have embroidered for decades but want to get into learning the skill of blending colors and stitches to bring the embroidery alive as near as we can to a painting.  The peacock by Elza Bester is breath taking in its beauty and depth of field.  

Maybe as a group we could start on a simple attempt such as Trish Burr's offers in her book that I am reading ... to start with a petal ... and we could discuss numerous points to get us each started together.  

I have purchased several of Ms. Burr's kits, yesterday I pulled skeins of floss from my stash to begin a lovely violet.  This morn I thought, nope first go through her book, so I set that all aside, found linen in my stash, got it ready on bar frames, and went to reading Ms. Burr's words.  

Three hours later:

  I had a petal drawn on the linen (first several items of drawing on note paper looked more like a sick worm than the fine tapered petal in Ms. Burr's book), my split stitch outlining done, and the first color stitched in long/short.  Three hours for a stitched padded area about half the size of my thumb nail ... oh, well, speed and new skill will come after many more hours of reading and practicing.

Here's a lesson I learned today ... when outlining, if floss color used is same as your planned first color than start your outlining stitched up in perimeter area of the petal where you are going to do your first long/short stitching.  I started my split stitch at the bottom of the petal, at the next to last split stitch I realized I would either have to end my floss there, started again at the top of the petal ... or carry the floss up to the top of the petal.  That is what I did (a single strand behind the linen up to the top of the petal).  Yes, I know not a big thing as that carried thread is a slender single strand that will be covered by the rest of the long/short to come for that petal,  but I don't care to carry thread over a two inch length when starting smarter would had started and ended my split stitch outline at top of the petal.


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