About Hand Painted Threads

designed by fiber artist, Connie Pickering Stover

Whether you are new to needlepoint or a seasoned needleworker looking for something really different to add to your project, Hand Painted Threads  is your go-to online thread store. Here you will find truly unique products that will enhance your projects and make them your own.

I’ve been asked about the number of threads I use in my designs on 14 and 18 count. Some needlepoint stitchers are not as familiar with cotton broder. The sample stitch [left] has one strand each of two different broder colors and two strands of one floss color. So there are actually THREE colors in the stitch I am beginning here.

So here is what I find produces very nice stitches in basketweave:


On 14 count canvas, use:

3 strands Broder or
2 strands Broder & 2 or 3 strands of floss for blending or
1 strand Broder & 4 strands of floss for blending or
1 6-strand thread of floss

On 18 count canvas, use:

2 strands Broder or
2 strands Broder & 1 strand of floss or
1 strand Broder & 2 or 3 strands of floss for blending or
4 strands of floss

When you mix threads of high contrast you will get a more “tweedy” effect which can be interesting if you are looking for lots of texture. I often mix unpainted floss with my painted Broder threads for a more subtle, uneven modeled look. I also mix colors that are close in values for a really new and interesting color.

I’m hoping that when you work one of my canvasses that you experiment with color combinations that please you. I usually include enough floss to make blending choices that make your finished canvas very personally your own.

Of course, it’s also a great way to attack some of those stray floss colors in your stash! Have fun!

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

What are Hand Painted Threads?

I use only the finest color-fast DMC Coton a Broder #25 Special as a base for my colors. Then I hand paint each color with pure pigment acrylics using several different techniques that have developed over the years. I enjoy the added random texture they give to my work, giving all my finished artwork a distinctive tweedy look. 

What is Coton a Broder?

DMC Coton a Broder #25 Special is a super long fiber cotton ideal for needlepoint, white work, and cutwork. It is composed of 4 non-divisible strands of long staple cotton, into a soft size thread size 25. The thread is somewhat similar to the DMC Floche, but made of 4 non-divisible strands instead of 5 strands and the skeins are much smaller than the Floche. Made in France.

How do they feel when I stitch?

The hand varies from soft to textured depending on the color. Some colors even have some surface textures that might add additional texture to your finished work emulating the look of a woven piece.

The threads resist knotting better than floss so you are dealing with less tangles as you stitch.

Can you show me some examples?

This is where I show examples of Hand Painted Threads.

How do I use your threads with my stash?

These threads are ideal for incorporating threads already in your stash. My product number corresponds to the DMC number so that you can easily find threads already in your stash that will blend beautifully with my hand painted threads.