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Topic: My first embroidery project, and a question....  (Read 878 times)
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« on: January 01, 2009 05:39:11 PM »

I've been cross stitching a long time but I decided to try embroidery because I got an embroidery book for Christmas, and saw a cute pattern from this site: http://zuill.us/andreablog/category/embroidery/free-patterns/page/2/
I didn't want to do anything too detailed because I wasn't sure how I'd do.
I think I did ok. But....

...I traced the pattern onto the fabric using contact paper for embridery. It showed up good enough and I started it out fine, but I had to kind of wing it towards the end because I wiped all the tracings off while I was stitching! It wasn't hard because the pattern was simple but I'd eventually like to do something more detailed. What is the best way to transfer a printed pattern onto fabric?


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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009 05:45:25 PM »

Well, there are iron-on transfer pens/pencils which I find handy, but I'm not so sure if they'll be great for embroidery considering they won't wash out, so you have to make sure to go over them with your stitches.

Maybe one of the best ways you could go is with one of those markers that fade/wash out, that way you can transfer the image and it'll just go away after you're done.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2009 05:53:45 PM »

I've used a transfer pencil for embroidery and as long as you make a precise line, it works well. The transfer pencils are less than $2 in any store that sells sewing supplies. I've heard of some pens that transfer, too, but I've never found them. Remember that if you use any kind of iron-on transfer, the design will be reversed.

P.S. Great job! Cute project.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2009 05:57:28 PM »

They actually make transfer pencils/pens that will wash out you just have to look. I have the brand Sulky which can be found at most craft places. Just make sure it says transfer pencil/iron and not just the regular chalk. They come in pens and pencils. the brown/black do not work for dark colors or even dark golds. They do make a white pen but I hear it runs (I havent gotten white yet)? They work great and do not rub off while you work. When you find a iron transferable pen it should have directions on how to use them. A piece of paper or tissue paper works best when you draw it on there (I tried vellum once and it bubbled the vellum/didnt transfer maybe I had my iron on too high a setting...- it was the only thing I had on hand at that point. ep!)

btw I think it turned out great! I love mushrooms!

I know you can find them on amazon just look up transfer pens & pencils. They have sulky and other brands however the shipping is about twice that of the items themselves.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2009 10:22:05 PM »

You should read this huge thread about transfer pens/pencils.  I am new to embroidery also and it helped me a lot!  I just ordered some sulky pens to try out after reading this.


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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2009 01:54:24 PM »

It looks great-check out the thread-it will help out a lot.

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