[HNW] embroidering on dark linen?

Alexandria Doyle garbaholic at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 16:37:49 PDT 2011

When I've don't dark fabrics, I used the chalk pounce, then with a
thin acrylic white connected the dots.  I've also used gouache paints
when doing color work.  That was done on white linen, and once the
paints had all dried, I then "showered" the linen, getting it good and
soaking wet, so anything that was going to run, did.  One piece was
then layered with a sheer white silk.  The pattern was on the back
side so to see it I'd hold it up to the light and trace with a
air-disapearing pen, I would never do more tracing than what I could
do in a couple hours.  For the other, I am still working that piece,
with the linen as the main ground.  I did at some point after I'd
started want to change up the design - correcting an oval that went a
little wonky, and couldn't get the paint to wash out of the area and
had to paint over it with white gouache.

The point, in case anyone missed it, if you use gouache paint for your
pattern, rinse the piece after it's dried but before embroidery to get
excess pigment to go away.  Red and dark blue seemed to bleed more
than other colors, so I'd check that on a sample first.

So much to do and so little attention span to get it done with…

On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM, Kimiko Small <kimiko at kimiko1.com> wrote:
> Greetings Jane.
> Not sure it is a better idea, but after pouncing with chalk onto my dark
> red/black silk, I used a water based gouache in yellow for my embroidery,
> painted on with a fine brush. It is stuff I have in my illumination
> supplies. Regular watercolor should work as well. I have no plans on washing
> this afterwards, so I make sure my gold outline threads will cover the
> outline. The pigment in the gouache does flake a little when the needle is
> going through, but that's ok as it's done its job by then.
> And the vellum paper that Pixel mentioned can be found in scrapbooking
> supply areas of a craft store. The one I found is 8.5"x11", which will fit
> into my printer. It isn't called vellum on the package, it is called
> Specialty Paper, Translucent, and is a 29 pound paper (which is a little
> heavier than regular printer paper). I've been told it will print nicely,
> and works up well for prick & pounce. I didn't know about it when I did my
> current project, but it should work better than the cardstock I did use.
> I also look forward to seeing your modern project plan. I've been thinking
> of doing something similar for my next purse.
> Kimiko/Joan
> Lady Joan Silvertoppe
> Nordwache, Caid
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> mka Kimiko Small, Fresno, CA, USA
> http://www.kimiko1.com
> "Well-behaved women seldom make history"
> ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
> On Jul 1, 2011, at 9:44 AM, Kim Mitchell wrote:
> 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.
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