HNW - Getting the pattern right

Linn Skinner skinner02 at sprynet.com
Mon Aug 31 17:46:32 PDT 1998


Hi Chris:

>background of navy blue pinwale corduroy. (I had a reason at the time,
but>will try to avoid this in the future!)

I think you were very innovative.  If you do this again, it is quite usual
to embroider this sort of motif on an unbleached muslin (calico in the UK)
ground and then apply the embroidery to velvets or other piled fabrics.  It
may prevent tears.

Linn
>
>None of the methods of transferring patterns I could think of seemed
>suitable, and I didn't think that the "stencil" method of pricking holes in
>a pattern and dusting powder through them would work well on a pile fabric,
>either. What I ended up doing was printing out the pattern (a computer
>drawing) on tissue paper, fastening it lightly to the fabric with
>water-soluble gluestick, and doing a small running stitch in a contrasting
>color through all the pattern lines into the fabric. Then I tore away most
>of the tissue and soaked the piece in warm water to remove the glue and any
>remaining tissue bits. That worked pretty well. The drawing wasn't as
>detailed as I would have liked, but all the tissue did come off, since it
>was only held by a few running stitches, and I could then go on and do the
>actual embroidery, pulling out or hiding the running stitches as I went
>along.
>
>Also, a few years ago I was teaching a quilting class, and took the
>opportunity to test every white pencil and felt-tip pen I could lay my
>hands on for washability. The ones that have consistently worked best and
>washed out most completely for me are:
>
>For dark colors: Schwann Stabilo "Aquarellable" pencils, white only (color
>#8052)
>
>For light colors: Pilot Fineliners with a *white* top (the ones with yellow
>tops are permanent), green or blue *only*. These, however, are getting hard
>to find; I still have a stash in my desk drawer.
>
>For dark colors, I can also recommend a moderately fine technical pen point
>and a white watercolor ink such as "Pen-Opake." But while this produces a
>finer line than a white pencil, it's a whole lot more hassle.
>
>____________________________________________________________
>O   Chris Laning
>|   <claning at igc.apc.org>
>+    Davis, California
>____________________________________________________________
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