I wanted to try thread painting after seeing it done in a Quilting Arts video. I printed a picture of Kitty on cotton poplin and cut it out applique style. I decided a "paint by number" type situation would be the way to go my first time. I then began to paint over the picture with tons of thread. The picture when it printed on the fabric didnt show all of the shadowing etc very well, so I still had to refer to the original photo constantly to get the shading and everything just right. I painted her eyes with acrylic paint, I added a collar made from a ribbon scrap an a free hanging name tag, and quilted the background simply by following the patten on the fabric. Even though I double stabilized it with iron on tear away, it still buckled a small bit. I think it turned out super good, I was really quite proud of my first thread painting. Next time Iwill do it exactly as the Quilting Arts video shows without a print underneath.