I’ve seen various iterations of needle painting (thread painting, needle shading) and am finally trying it. While the technique isn’t difficult, it is seriously time consuming. Fortunately, Anya loves the butterfly thus far. I’ll probably make another shirt or two using this technique … but start with a size 6 or 7 shirt so she gets years of wearing it (and most of the embroidered shirts will either become a t-shirt quilt or appliqué patches on a larger shirt)
Anya will soak the shirt later today to dissolve the transfer paper, so it’s not quite done. But here’s her Halloween kitten t-shirt. The pattern is from Urban Threads — an awesome place for hand and machine embroidery patterns.