[HNW] embroidering on dark linen?

Susan B. Farmer sfarmer at goldsword.com
Fri Jul 1 10:22:02 PDT 2011

On 7/1/2011 12:44 PM, 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!

Hi Jane!  I transfer the design to a piece of light colored fabric, 
baste it to the wrong side of my ground and stitch it from the back. 
The extra layer of fabric helps stabilize the embroidery as well.

Susan Farmer
sfarmer at goldsword.com
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Division of Science and Math

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