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« Reply #70 on: November 01, 2007 08:23:47 AM »

easiest to find is silver dressmakers pencil (with reasonable staying power)... then there are chalk type things but these types of things will only work for fabric that isn't stretchy and is abrasion resistant because you have to push on them to draw

the best method in my opinion is to iron on some dissolvable or tear away stablizer to the back and put your transfer on the stablizer...if you have carbon paper you can put the design on ahead of time too...positioning is tricky but this is the best way to get all the details...

finally for small things (writing and filling in missing spots) we come to the white pen ... the one I have works well and stays on better than white carbon paper (which is a lot like chalk that looks great to start with and them brushes away) BUT it is invisible when it first goes on and you have to wait for it to dry to show up I sometimes use it with my silver pencil and together I get a not bad outcome but it takes a lot of patience...there are different white pens I got mine at Michaels...some are goopy some don't easily wash away.  Pens are better on stretchy stuff because they "paint" the ink on versus rub like a pencil...I don't recommend using the pen and the white carbon paper together as the white carbon gets into the pen. 

Felt is evil as it soaks up every thing and is not a solid surface (writing on dust bunnies) but I'm sure there are some experts out there who have a surefire method Wink

I forgot to mention that you can usually get all kinds of stablizer at quilt stores (machine embroidery) and of course sublime carries the carbon paper and the stablizer too.
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« Reply #71 on: November 01, 2007 08:30:38 AM »

Thank you  Smiley

ah, progress .... well almost progress  Wink
I've actually made a decision about my first patch, drawn it, cut the fabric ready...I just need to transfer the image now and get stitchin'  Wink
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« Reply #72 on: November 01, 2007 06:46:24 PM »

I'm working on my first patch, but not sure I'm sure interpreting the themes correctly.  I took a wild stab at 70's mod theme for this one... 
I'm going for a swirly smiling sunshine thingie.

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« Reply #73 on: November 01, 2007 06:47:37 PM »

Wow!  That's gorgeous!

Currently taking a hiatus from swapping.  Sad

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« Reply #74 on: November 01, 2007 06:54:09 PM »

That is neat looking.  I can not wait to see it all done and who gets it.

« Reply #75 on: November 01, 2007 07:32:21 PM »

OK, maybe some of you more experienced stitchers can help me with this, what is the best way to get a pattern onto black or dark fabric?

Not sure how much help this will be but in the UK you can purchase 'dressmakers carbon paper' in different colours - white or yellow carbon paper for dark fabrics.

DMC do a pack of four transfer sheets - two yellow, two blue.  I found them on  Nordicneedle.com so it might be worth a look. 

You can also purchase Hot Iron Transfer Pencils - you draw the design onto paper and then iron the design onto your fabric.  The NordicNeedle company (as above) have a Yellow Iron on Transfer Pencil for dark fabrics.  The excess is then washed out when finished but not all work like this. Be careful with some of these transfer pencils as some are heat set when ironed, so double check before you use.

Hope this helps.  Smiley


« Reply #76 on: November 01, 2007 08:17:02 PM »

Wow Trifarina, way to set the bar really high!

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« Reply #77 on: November 01, 2007 08:23:34 PM »

I may have set the bar too high...  I'm worried I won't be able to finish 4!

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« Reply #78 on: November 01, 2007 08:29:17 PM »

Hey '60s/'70s Mod was in my likes list. Is that for me per chance? If so, you're going to laugh when you see yours.

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« Reply #79 on: November 01, 2007 08:51:19 PM »

Ok - I've got a question about the grain of fabric.  This is easy enough to find when working with a big piece of fabric but how do you find the grain on small pieces of fabric or off-cuts.  Is it the warp or the weft threads? And which is which?  Embarrassed

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