Embroidery for beginners: How to transfer the pattern to fabric

Embroidery for beginners: How to transfer the pattern to fabric

To get your embroidery pattern on the fabric there are a couple of methods. Below is a list of markers and pens you can use and my preferred method of transferring a pattern.

Which pens can you use?

Pencils can leave a nasty grey shade. If you cover the lines completely it can be ok, but use a harder pen, not the soft ones which smother easily.
Water-soluble fabric pens can be washed out later.
Frixion ball pens disappear when you apply heat (like a hair dryer or ironing).
Tailor’s chalk is also available as a chalk pen. It disappears quite quickly because it’s only attached to the surface. Chalk is the easiest to remove permanently.
Fabric marker is permanent so use it only for patterns that you’ll cover completely.
An iron-on transfer is permanent so use it only for patterns that you’ll cover with stitches completely.

I LIKE TO USE THE TAILOR’S CHALK FOR DARK AND THE FRIXION FOR LIGHT FABRICS.

 

The Window Method

Now on to tracing your design on the fabric. I like to use the window method as most people have one and it’s easy to do. However, it does not work for dark fabrics.

• tape the printed pattern to a window with masking tape
• tape the fabric over the pattern with masking tape
• trace the lines with a pen of your choice

BONUS TIP: If it‘s dark outside, you can set up a glass pane (e.g. from a picture frame) or large glass bowl/vase with a flat bottom and put a lamp or even your phone’s flashlight underneath it to shine through your pattern and fabric.

 


The Beginner Route – learn the basics

Step 1 // Tools Step 2 // MaterialsStep 3 // Pattern transfer (you are here)Step 4 // Dressing the hoopStep 5 // Start & end threadsStep 6 // first stitches Step 7 // Framing in the hoop

Don’t know what this ‘route’ thingy means? Start here.


Would you like to get everything in a nicely arranged PDF file to print out?

I have prepared the rookie’s guide to embroidery for you!

 

 

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