Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Embroider, Transferring Embroidery Designs

Yay! You're back! Are you ready to get started? First things first the design you want to embroider needs to get on to the fabric you want to stitch it on. I hope you've gotten to play around with the Frixion pens, they are super fun aren't they?

If you haven't had a chance, draw all over a fabric and then take your iron to the cloth. It disappears very quickly. I have read and been told that if you put the fabric into the freezer, you're pen drawings will come back, but I haven't tried that yet.

Place the fabric on top of the printed sampler. Arrange the fabric so the stitching will be in the center of the fabric. You can always tape the paper and the fabric to your work table so things don't wiggle. I like to live on the edge and just hold it steady with my hands. Trace all of the design with the pen.

Next, you'll want to get your design in the hoop. I mentioned earlier and I will mention this again just in case you missed it. I usually only stitch with one layer of fabric, but when I used white I like to double it up.  For this piece I stacked two layers of fabric. That way the threads behind don't show through. This helps if you new or like me and don't really care how neat the back of the stitching is.

Take apart your embroidery hoop by loosening the screw at the top enough so that the top hoop comes off of the bottom. Were going to start stitching the six straight lines in the bottom half so place the fabric on top of the inner hoop so that the lines are in the middle.

Push the top hoop onto the bottom hoop. Finger tighten the screw to make things snug. Pull the edges of the fabric so the fabric in the center is taught. Now you can finger tighten the screw a little further.

As your stitching, the fabric will move some, every now and then you'll need to pull the edges again to stretch it again.

Get all that finished up and I will be back tomorrow with our first stitch, the running stitch.

Have a great day,

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  1. I know how to embroider, but haven't done much for awhile. I'm very excited to start this, because the stitch-along will make me do it. I've been creating things to coordinate with a quilt I just finished to decorate my guest room, and your style is perfect for this. Thanks for this fun little design!

  2. Very thorough and easy to understand tut. Thanks

    1. Glad to hear that Jacqueline, you can always ask questions a long the way.

  3. I am going to love this tutorial ... just wish you could show us the left-handed way, too.

    1. Laurie, I am trying to think through everything I have have photographed and there aren't very many hand shots so I am hoping the left handed folks like you can still understand.

  4. When the Frixion pens first came out I played with a couple of scraps and ironed and washed and dried in the dryer and on the outside line, and also thru them in the freezer. .
    I washed in cold water and some of the lines came back... a quick touch of the iron and they were gone again.
    The deciding factor was if you woke up one cold winter morning and you could see the lines on the wall hanging or quilt it was to darn cold to get up anyway.

    1. Rebecca, I thought of that too with the cold. You're right if it's that cold you're not going to be worried about the lines.

      I haven't washed anything in cold but I haven't used the pens on anything like a quilt that I would wash. That's interesting about the cold water wash. These pens are so mysterious :)


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