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« on: March 11, 2010 08:58:54 PM »

I'm making some linnen shirts for my son, and I thought it would be fun to put a little hand embroidery design on them to decorate.

 I know the basic stiches from sewing felt finger puppets, but I've never just sewn right onto clothing like this 
 so where do I start?  Can I just draw something on with a pencil and then stich it?  Or is there something that is supposed to go under/behind it? 

Any ideas on fun designs for boys shirts that I can get for free?  Something small so it doesnt take too much time!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010 09:36:11 PM »

Sounds like a great idea! There used to be a HUGE thread here about free patterns, and I have been trying to find it again, but have had no luck. anybody else have it bookmarked or something? (In fact, I came across this post while looking for that thread!! Grin)
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2010 03:31:32 PM »

I believe it is on the needlework board Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2010 07:07:05 PM »

Ooh, yes, check out the Needlework and Embroidery board.  Not only are there fantastic tutorials on there, but tons of free patterns.  The cool thing about embroidery is that any coloring book page (with clean, sharp lines) can become a pattern.  Clip art works well, too.  If the shirts are linen, you can stitch directly to them.  If you have trouble drawing the patterns on by hand, or find that your pencil won't wash off, you can trace them onto Solvy (which is a dissolvable product made by Sulky) and stitch directly through that, on the fabric.  It literally dissolves in water.  It's just a little slippery to get the hang of, if the edges don't fit into your hoop.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2010 08:38:49 AM »

Thanks!  I'll have to check the needleworking board, I didnt know there was one!

I got one shirt done, I just found clip art, and drew it with pencil onto the shirt and followed the lines with a basic stich. 

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2010 12:55:44 PM »

that's so cute! well done, and carry on!
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