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« on: August 25, 2009 04:37:50 PM »

It might not be big to some, but I only started needlework about last month, so this is a big deal for me!

A couple of years ago, my English teacher made a huge impression on me, and now that I'm in my last year, I want to thank him before I never see him again. So I wanted to stitch this picture:



Onto a handkerchief. I don't think I can draw that onto the handkerchief free-hand, or ruin it with ink... How can I get this onto the handkerchief properly? Anyone able to help? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2009 04:55:16 PM »

You can get an iron-on transfer pencil. I think the brand is Aunt Martha's. Trace your design onto paper with the special pencil and then iron it onto the hankie. It leaves a faint red line that will be hidden by your stitching.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009 05:01:38 PM »

Hmm...there's more than one way to do this, but which one is the best?  

Will this hankie be for use or for display?

If it's for display, the easiest thing I can think of is inkjet printable fabric.  It's available at most craft stores ($8 to $15 for 5 sheets).  You put this fabric right in your inkjet printer and print it out! Follow the manufacturer's directions, and make sure your picture is the right shape and clarity before printing.  

Then you can tint it, stitch it, whatever.  There are different kinds, but some of them cannot be washed.  

That's my idea.  And you idea for your teacher's gift is wonderful!  I should have done that for a couple of my profs!
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009 05:42:25 PM »

Thanks, those are great!

It was initially intended for use, as he is probably the only teacher in the school who uses a hankie instead of a tissue. Tongue But who knows, he could possibly lay it aside, but I'm not really sure.

I'll look up on all of this, and will absolutely post it when I'm done. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009 07:15:35 PM »

If you want it to be functional:
In addition to iron on pencils there are water soluble pens and markers.  The fine point pen kind would be best for this.  They are available in a bunch of colors and they've always rinsed out for me.  I'd use a light table and trace the basic features.... simplified but recognizable.  If your aren't good at determining which lines would make the best embroidered line just import your image into photoshop and mess with the contrast/brightness until it's similar to an outlined drawing/stencil.

If you want it to be for display:
In addition to the fabric that lisalady suggested there is something called Golden Digital Medium.  It is formulated to be used with an inkjet printed.  By brushing it onto the surface of the material to be printed on if makes it able to run through the printer successfully.  So you can use it on almost any fabric, vinyl, even tin foil! It's really amazing stuff. great for printing onto colorful or patterned fabric that normally isn't available in a printable form form the craft stores.
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009 12:33:58 PM »

I went to the craft store today, and got a light blue pen, so hopefully that will work. I figure, what's the harm of trying. I just have to figure out how to do it right. I'm thinking maybe I can use tracing paper somehow.

If this doesn't work, I'll try the other things. Smiley
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