I’m so excited to be kicking off a new embroidery series today! We are going to be starting off with info on how to transfer embroidery designs as we make up this sweet Embroidered Bouquet Sampler Hoop!
This is such a fun design to stitch and it’s perfect for beginner or expert stitchers! We are going to go over a different stitch every week over the next several weeks to make this up. It will be a great way to learn new stitches!
We will be going over:
- Transferring embroidery designs
- Back Stitch
- Satin Stitch
- Lazy Daisy Stitch
- French Knots
- Woven Rose Stitch
- Finishing Hoop Art
Here’s what you’ll need to make this fun hoop:
- 6″ embroidery hoop
- 9″ square of fabric – I used Riley Blake Designs Linen in Natural
- Embroidery Floss – I used these Aurifil colors:
- 2311 – Cream
- 2425 – Light Pink
- 2530 – Dark Pink
- 2880 – Light Green
- 2890 – Dark Green
- You can find these colors and more in my Aurifil thread collection, Colorful Vintage.
- Embroidery Needle
- Optional – Pom Pom Trim – 2/3 yard
- Glue for finishing
This week we will be covering ways to transfer an embroidery design.
There are several different options – choose what works best for you and your project!
How to Transfer Embroidery Designs
- Using a light-source method
Version 1: Tape the pattern to a window and then tape the fabric in place over it, tracing the design with a washable marking pen as the light shines through the fabric and pattern.
Version 2: Use a lightbox to create the same effect
With either of these versions, you will want to lightly rinse or dampen the project with a cloth after stitching to remove any remaining visible marking lines.
2. Tracing Paper Method
Place the fabric right side up on a table or other hard surface, then lay a piece of tracing paper over the fabric, then the pattern right side up over that. Trace the pattern, the tracing paper will transfer the design onto the fabric. This method works great on darker fabrics or when you’re using a surface you can’t shine light through or iron.
There are certain transfer papers that work well on fabric. I like to use Saral Brand Transfer paper. This pack comes with sheets in different colors so you can use the color paper that works best with your fabric.
3. Iron On Transfer Pen Method
Trace the pattern on the paper (You can either do this on the back of the pattern or print out a reversed image of the pattern) with a transfer pen, then turn the paper pattern over so the transfer ink is right sides together with the right side of the fabric. Iron the design onto the fabric with a dry iron and high heat. This makes a very thin line that is permanent. You will stitch over the lines to hide them. I love Sublime Stitching’s transfer pens, I have every color and I use them for most transfers.
Here’s the video tutorial on Pattern Transferring!