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« on: July 09, 2014 06:26:56 PM »

Would love a bit of advice if anyone has some to offer.

There are a few quotes I have been itching to stitch up, but I have awful hand writing! I want to do something fancy and typography like I suppose the word is... but I have no idea how to get the image in my mind down onto fabric. I've tried looking online but haven't really had much luck. Any advice?
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014 05:50:20 AM »

I've found it difficult to transfer typography to fabric and stitch it neatly enough to be legible, so what I've been doing lately is printing the words on fabric and either leaving them as printing with surrounding decorative stitching, or stitching over the printed words.

Examples:

Stitched over ink on linen (traced on a window):



Stitched over printed fabric (the small words left unstitched):



Stitched around printed quote:



The problem with the printer fabric is it is a rather unattractive twill and I prefer to stitch on linen....  Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014 06:06:05 AM »

what a nice variety of ways to incorporate words onto your needlework pieces!

I mostly trace or write words with a pencil and then stitch over them, but I have also printed directly to fabrics using my printer...you can turn just about any thin fabric into printer fabric...I have done linen and muslin...

I followed this method:

http://thegraphicsfairy.com/print-fabric-freezer-paper-method-2/

Freezer paper is cheap ($3.99 for 75 square yards!)...

There are tons of cool fonts that you can use and you can make just about any size you want...

You can also use alphabet stamps...if you are meticulous with wanting to get your words straight and even, make a grid using ceiling tile grid or even plastic canvas!

AND, for anyone who still has a typewriter...You can type of fabric that has been backed with freezer paper! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014 07:56:50 AM »

Ooo, thanks for that link, always!   Kiss
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2014 08:12:50 AM »

I use an HP photosmart color printer...it has various paper thicknesses to allow for even thicker fabrics to go through and it has a paper tray for small papers as well...I have done 4x6...If you spray the back of your fabric with starch, it seems to also prevent ink bleed...I am experimenting with various things to mask or block some of the printing as well...

It is really fun!  The printer runs about $125 at Walmart...a Canon photo printer is also a good deal...I think I saw them for sale around $119!
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014 09:19:51 AM »

I use printable fabric for my lettering sometimes. It is so awesome, plus you can use any font you want.
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2014 09:30:16 AM »

oh -- I just remembered a technique that I used on a few prayer flags!  Let me find the instructions...

this tutorial was done by our own awesome BirdBones...it was done for the felt badges, but it works for anything on paper...it used plastic packing tape!  You can make small patches and then sew them on your needlwork!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414021.msg4893036#msg4893036
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2014 05:01:49 PM »

Ooh, love seeing Your embroidery, Ludi! Smiley


I'm pretty simple- I just print out the words on the paper and then pin it to the fabric and stitch over the text and rip out the paper when I'm done (carefully)



^^^ that's how I made the names
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2014 09:00:51 PM »

not sure if I could see to do it by machine on a one inch square Grin

My programmable embroidery machine can do fairly tiny writing...I need to experiment more with machine stitching!
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2014 10:49:56 PM »

I know I'm not exactly answering your question, but I just wanted to say I LOVE that you stitched that Vonnegut quote. I live my life by Vonnegut guotes.  Grin
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