[HNW] embroidering on dark linen?

Pixel, Goddess and Queen pixel at hundred-acre-wood.com
Fri Jul 1 10:14:40 PDT 2011

I had this very question a few years ago, except that it was monochrome 
embroidery on dark blue linen. ;-)

I pounced the design with white chalk, and then I used one of those 
Clover white ink fabric pens to trace the dots so I had a permanent 
pattern marked.

http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?prod_id=512 is the one I have

Any marks that were visible after I was done went away after the finished 
work got rinsed, and if I made a mistake during the tracing I just used a 
damp cotton swab to do the erasing.

Relatedly, artist's tracing vellum is FANTASTIC for making pouncing 
templates. It holds up to repeated usage beautifully. I trace the 
design in pencil and then use an extra-fine Sharpie to go over the pencil 
lines, then I prick it with an shoemaker's awl or a big heavy needle. An 
old magazine or phone directory makes a good pouncing backstop.


On Fri, 1 Jul 2011, Kim Mitchell wrote:

> Greetings  :)
> I love to do my 16th and 17th century embroideries, and have been trying to
> find a way to use my skills in a way that will be relevant today.  Samplers
> are great hanging on a wall, and sweet bags are spiffy at an SCA event, but
> I wanted something that I could use in my 21st century life.  I designed a
> purse, an evening baga purse, an evening bag, that will have coiling
> goldwork vines of plaited braid,  and polychrome silk embroidery.  My plan
> is to do it on black linen, but I have no clue of how to effectively
> transfer the design.  My thought process was to perhaps pounce it with a
> light powder and then do a tiny light coloured running stitch around the
> entire design.  In theory that is not such a bad idea, but it will sure add
> a lot of work to the project. 
> Does anyone have a better idea? 
> Thanks!
> :)
> Jane
> Barony of Dragon's Laire
> Kingdom of An Tir (By way of Meridies, Drachenwald, Trimaris, Atlantia and
> originally from Trimaris)
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