Saturday, February 18, 2012

Transferring a new project

I am transferring a pattern from La Patisserie to this fabric. I am really looking forward to stitching this little patisserie! The fabric I am transferring to is a nice 100% cotton.

When I can easily see the pattern through the fabric, I like to tape the pattern to a firm, smooth surface like my cutting mat.  This is one of those "self-healing" mats that you can cut right on.  I love it!

Then I put my fabric over the pattern and tape the fabric in place too.  Now I can use my water soluble marking pen:

I usually keep a copy of the pattern I am transferring so I can refer to it while tracing:

Now I have the pattern ready to go!  This is my big 10" embroidery hoop.  I really like the way it holds the fabric so snug:

My next step is going to be color choices!  So far, I love these:

I will keep posting progress reports on this one!


Anita said...

I can't wait to see the finished project.

Kristen said...

What a pretty project...can't wait to see your progress! :)

big B said...

Hi Anita - Thank you!
Kristen - Hi and thank you :)

Denise :) said...

Kim, what a darling project! Have you ever used a Sulky transfer pen? I tried one today for the first time -- you print your design, mark over it with the Sulky pen, and then iron transfer the design onto your fabric. It was nice and very, very easy! Looking forward to seeing your finish on this one! :)

big B said...

Hi Denise - No I have never tried one! That sounds so easy! I am off to do some research :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Thanks for the idea of keeping a copy of the pattern near so you can refer to it when tracing - I'm going to do that! blessings, marlene

big B said...

Hi Marlene - It is so helpful! Much better than trying to peek under the fabic!

Angela Lee said...

I can't wait to see what you'll do with this. It looks so sweet. And the colors are beautiful. I could see it as a quilt block. Let me know if you like the Sulky pen. I'm intrigued. Anything to make life easier is a plus.

Dyanna said...

Hello hello Kim

Lovely project !!! Now regarding a new project at the work I kind have disapered a bit ... =( but I will try to came and see the progress =)

Big kiss my dear and good week for you

Johanna said...

I have a question- do you prewash all the fabrics you embroider on? I assume you have to wet them afterwards to get the pen marks off- I am afraid of shrinking the fabric. Anyone who has advice would be greatly appreciated!!

magdor said...

Can't wait to see it finished :) I love the colours.

Bits of Stitching! said...

Looking forward to seen your progress!
The colors you chose are lovely, very springy and yummy.
Any particular reason for the way you trimmed your pattern before tracing it?
I spy a lovely needlebook... ;-).

Darlene said...

Oh, this is going to be an adorable project. I love the colors you're using, Kim. I'm going to enjoy your progress.

big B said...

Angela - Thanks! I think this would be a sweet quilt block too - I am so excited to try the sulky - hopefully I can find one really soon - and hopefully one with a nice fine tip!
Dyanna - Thank you! Have a great week too and best wishes on your work project!
Hi Johanna - It depends on what I am doing with the fabric, If I am making something I am going to frame or for a pillow, I usually don't prewash. If I am making a tea towel or something I am expecting to wash in the future, I prewash the fabric. And yes, I have to rinse the marking pen lines away - rinse really well because they can on occasion reappear if you don't rinse well enough!
Magdor - Thank you! These are some of my favorite colors.
Monika - Thanks! Yes that is a new needle book :) My mom made it for me for my birthday. I love the size of this one, there is even a pouch for my scissors! I cut the pattern out of the pattern packet and I always like to trim around the pattern or motif I am transferring so that I can move it around and actually see the size on the fabric.
Darlene - Thank you! I think these colors are going to work! Now I am trying to decide a color for the actual building.

Johanna said...

Thank you for your reply about prewashing- that's good to know :)
I have to add- your blog is lovely and I really admire your precision and neatness in all your photos! Your embroidery is very cute too of course!

Anonymous said...

I use the same pen Kim!!!

big B said...

Johanna - Thank you! I so appreciate your nice comments :)
Hi Miss Paula! That is a great pen isn't it?

muiji said...

May I have the brand of the pen you're using? I'm afraid I can't wash out the lines that I've made. Thanks.

big B said...

Hi Muiji - The pen I am using in this post is the DMC Embroidery Transfer Pen. It is water soluble
You can see details about it here:
Another great pen - especially for fine lines is the Dritz washout marking pen. You can see that here:
You can also read a blog post I did about how I transfer patterns and which pens I use here:
I hope this is helpful - let me know if you have any questions :)

muiji said...

Thanks a lot for the information~
Can the marks from the transfer paper be removed?

big B said...

Hi Muiji :) The marks from the graphite transfer paper are permanent and cannot be removed.
The marks from the wax free tracing paper can be removed.