• Paintersthreads Gimp Byzantine

Gimpe-the beautiful unknown creature

Gimp has not been known to most of us, at least until a few years ago. Since I discovered this material for “regular” embroidery, I am “hooked” and I like to pass on this enthusiasm to all our students at the International School for Textile Arts . This inspired students bit by bit and this has caused me to now pass on the word about this great thread to all the adventurous needle enthusiasts.

Gimp is a “thread with a soul” (in German the core of a thread is called soul), so it is the perfect thread for us mostly very sensitive stitchers! Soul is called the part of the thread that lies inside, that is, like the “real” soul it is not visible. And yet so important for the stability of the material! This soul consists of any number of single threads, usually made of cotton. Imagine thick ropes for e.g. stair railings and the pretty fine material from which, for example, many decorative trims are produced. In our collection this is single loop. Ropes and gimp for the single loop are the same material: only with a different number and strength of the threads used for the soul. Of course, the threads that surround this soul are also of different size.

The production of Gimp is very laborious and is most easily done with a swivel hook that is fixed to a ball bearing.

Of course, there are also machines today, but craft companies that restore and reproduce tassels and cords are dependent on the “real hand work”. In Bern at the PosAG, we have once been able to observe such a manual device once at work – and of course the specialist who slowly led the winding machine from one end of the room to the other.

Gimp is a round thread that cannot be flattened even by the greatest effort. So it is ideal for wrapping of tassel heads, as a decorative thread for the edge of bobbin laces, for the couching foot of the sewing machine-and? -You know it: for hand embroidery. Most use Gimp as a couching thread in various techniques, such as the border for appliqué.

It adapts to any shape, forms a beautiful, slightly elevated edge and can be easily overcast. No matter whether in hand stitching or with the sewing machine. On the new Bernina models, there is a bobbin holder that sits on the outside of the machine, not in the machine and thus can also hold this strong thread.

Homage to Klimt (detail)-© Verena (DE)

Painters gimp color #106 Klimt

overcast stitch with Soie 100/3 color #106 Klimt
on a basis of Broad Cross Stitch
worked in Painters Crewel Wool color #106

Simple spiral as an exercise

Painters gimp color #109 Picasso

overcast stitches worked with Mouline Painters color #118 MaryC
The end finished of in a way that it
can be used for example on a piece of jewelry.

However, my passion for Gimp started when I first used it to work French Knot. You know, this little knot that keeps disappearing on the backside, rather than forming a beautiful element on the surface. That doesn’t happen with Gimp, I promise! And the effect is stunning. This also applies to all other knotted stitches.

Left: French Knots

Right: Colonial Knot
Painters gimp color #130 IngeMeta

Danish knot also known as Sorbello Stitch

Small design from the series: “Only one stitch…”, in which all elements are formed by the same stitch, in this case being Sorbello Stitch.

Gimp (painter’s Gimp #118 MaryC) is used in the blossoms, the leaves and stems are made of Painters Soft Cotton #104 Monet, Little bullet points are worked with Painters Shimmer #101 Macke.

And we have not stopped experimenting!

Paintersthreads Gimp Twisted Chain Paintersthreads Gimp Still Life Paintersthreads Gimp Raisedchain. Sorbello Paintersthreads Gimp Railway Stitch Gimp, Mouliné, Soie d ' Alger, Crewel Wool
woven on a warp of flower thread Twisted Chain stitch Parisian Stitch in the Vase and Milanese Stitch in the Bowl raised chain stitch and Sorbello Stitch Railway Stitch
Gimp and Shimmer
Paintersthreads Gimp Coral Paintersthreads Gimp Coral Paintersthreads Gimp Ceylon Paintersthreads Gimp Parisian. 01 Pendant couching
Pendant Couching
Gimp, Metallics twist, braided Metallics
Coral Stitch Chain Stitch Ceylon Stitche Homage to August Mack
Parisian Stitch in Gimp

In the Master Class of the International School for Textile Arts there was now a stitch that I myself had never worked with Gimp. But our student Ursula said it’s going to be great. See for yourself how right it is (half Rhodes Stitch)!

A few days later I had to create a step-by-step stitch guide (Renaissance Stitch) for this class for a stitch that I had never worked until then. And, you might guess, I did the step-by-step photos with Gimp. Gimp lends itself well to show how stitchtes are worked. The stitch looks a little shaky, but the overall structure in a shape is simply stunning.

Half Rhodes stitch

Beautiful little spiders crawling over the canvas

Every spider phobia will be gone

Half Rhodes Stitch

Paintersthreads Gimp Renaissance Stitch

Renaissance Stitch

Tips for working with gimp:

    • the wrapping around the core is very delicate
    • always use a very thick needle
    • canvas or other fabrics for counted thread embroidery
      • Tapestry Needle #13 or #14
    • surface linen
      • Chenille needle #13 or #14
    • when pulling needle through, hold the eye of the needle and thread between the fingers
    • if it is difficult to pull through, rotate needle and thread slightly, do not try to pull through with a vigorous jerk
    • In the Painter’s Threads Shop you get the thread in the 30 bright Painters Colors and the 10 Painters Pastels.

The length of a sales unit is 10m, which at the moment are still wrapped as skeins, but will soon be available on our most popular new snap spools.

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