Thread Painting





Introduction: Thread Painting

Are you fascinated by awesome designs? You must have wondered what it takes to make such amazing designs!!

These designs can be used for decorating cover pages of files, books etc.

This instructable which teach you on how to make amazing designs using a simple sewing thread.

You can use them to decorate your files & documents.


  • Sewing thread
  • Water colors
  • Coloring brush (Number
  • Color mixing plate
  • Drawing sheet

Step 1: Coloring the Thread

1. Take the mixing plate and add some water color to it using the brush.

2. Now cut the thread equal to 2.5 times the length of thread pattern you want to draw.

3. Fold the thread so that the effective length now becomes 1.25 times the length of the page. Hold one end of the folded thread and put the other end onto the water color in the mixing plate. Add more color to it so that entire thread (apart from the length which you are holding) is colored properly. Take your time to do so.The thread may entangle during this activity and that’s completely fine.

Step 2: Setting Up the Design

4. Once you are done with coloring it, stretch it up so as to un-tangle it.

5. Fold the drawing sheet into two (Along the length or breadth). Put the thread on the drawing sheet on one half of the sheet in the similar pattern as shown in the picture. You may randomize the design as you like to realize new patterns. Make sure to keep the uncolored end of the thread out of the paper.

6. Now fold the other half of the sheet and press on it with your hand.

Step 3: Pulling the Thread

7. With one hand pressing the paper, use the thread to stretch the other end while moving it in a zig zag pattern. Do it continuously until the entire thread is out.

8. Unfold the paper and see the amazing designs.

Further improvement: You may paint the thread in different color combinations along the length to achieve more exquisite designs.



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    very cool and ingenious way, would love to try this..

    I am very impressed with your idea. My family tells me I've got too many crafts now,but, you can bet I'll be trying this one!!! LOL! Very unique,very clever.I definately will try it! Thank you!

    Thanks for your appreciation !! :)

    I'm anxious to try this,it looks soooo... fun & it's something I can do with my grandchildren. Most of my crafting is too involved for them at the age they are now. Maybe later on I can share the torch,but for now,your unique craft is wonderful & I can't wait to share it with them!! Thanks so much for publishing

    Sounds and looks great. Cant wait to try it. Would diluted acrylics work also?

    Thanks. I haven't tried it with Acrylics yet but I think it would be tricky and might also depend on what paper you using. Nevertheless, a fun weekend activity. :)

    WOW! Those final images are incredibly impressive! I found the instructions to be a little bit confusing though. Maybe a quick video would help.

    Thanks for your suggestion. I'll upload the video soon. Do let me know which part is confusing, I'd be happy to rephrase it. :)