So being the crazy girlfriend that I am, I've dreamed up the idea of embroidering on the back of a sweater for my boyfriend for his birthday in July. I've done a few small stitching projects before, and quite a bit of cross-stitch, but nothing like this. I have a pretty large pattern (it'll take up most of the back, in the center) that I'd like to embroider. It will be all outlines, no solid blocks of colour or anything like that. After searching google and the boards here I have a few questions.
Stabilizing - Ive gathered that I need to use a stabilizer, so I'll probably go with the Solvy water dissolving type. Do I need to do anything else to make it strong enough?
Backing - Should I back it on the inside with something, to cover/protect the stitches?
Washing - When it's done and gifted, can he just wash it like normal or will he have to do something special?
Another idea, that may be completely wrong - If I drew out the design on some fabric and cut it out, could I use something like Heat n Bond to attach that to the sweater instead? Or is that way off base..
Thanks for any help/advice/suggestions you can offer, I really appreciate it!