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babskitchen
« on: June 30, 2010 05:06:24 PM »

I posted this in "image transfer techniques" but thought it might get more traffic over here.  Hoping someone can help:

I used to embroider as a kid but got away from it for many years.  I've taken it up again and came across something on a website I would like to try myself.  I want to embroider family member's h.s. graduation pictures like the one I've shown in the enclosed photo.  I am not sure how to go about transferring the image onto linen fabric.  I don't want any lines to show so I'm assuming I have to trace the image somehow.  How do I reverse the image first so that when I put it on fabric, it will be facing the right direction?  Do I use a washable ink?  Totally at a loss as to what materials I need.  Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2010 09:01:16 PM »

A few posts down I have a post about "matches" (my dog) with a little blurb on how I got the image from the photo to the fabric.  HTH!
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2010 11:57:10 AM »

Thanks!  I'll go check it out.  I'm at a complete loss as to how to go about what I'm trying to do.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010 12:01:40 PM »

That sounds fairly easy (and your drawing looks great) but I'm no artist and wouldn't trust myself.  Lucky for me, I just happen to be married to one and my one brother-in-law is an excellent illustrator, so maybe I can con one of them into doing it for me.  I see that you used a sharpie.  I'm hoping to use something that isn't permanent.  Just anxious to get on with it. Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010 12:44:57 PM »

I only used sharpie on paper (so I could see it better), and pencil on fabric.
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010 05:56:01 AM »

Thanks, Carrottess.  I hope to go out next week and get what I need.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2010 07:35:44 AM »

You can also check the big thread of transfer information and questions
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5411.0
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010 01:30:22 PM »

when working from a photo I usually work it out onto paper first rather than directly onto fabric.  Use tracing paper and a lightbox (or tape your picture onto a window) and create an approximate pattern. If it's easier for you to determine where to trace, you can can scan your photo and adjust the contrast in something like photoshop.  that way you'll have obviously defined areas.

I make a paper pattern so I have a hard copy of the pattern to reference and also to work out any areas that may require altering for the sake of easier stitching. 

At this point you can go over your pattern with a sharpie or in the computer if you need dark lines.  You can trace it with a water soluble pen using the lightbox or window method.  If you are concerned that you might now follow then pattern exactly, leaving lines to be seen, then use water soluble.  Or you can trace your design onto another piece of tracing paper with an iron on pencil or pen and then transfer it to the fabric with heat.  (If you are doing the second method be sure to trace the reverse side of the design since it will be flipped around when you iron it on)

For the least amount of steps, rather than working out a paper pattern first, trace your photo onto an iron on stabilizer.  Iron it on your fabric and you are ready to go.  Stitch and then remove any stabilizer that is to be seen, leaving only your embroidery.

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