Posts Tagged ‘easy way to transfer an embroidery pattern’
If you live in Utah or near by and get the TV station ABC4, check out Good Things Utah today at 10:00 am. I am giving away my flouncy little apron and ribbon flower pin from Give Away Today to an audience member. On Friday I will be giving away a half apron at Give Away Today… all you have to do is leave a comment to be registered to win.
Rainy days in June are usually a rare occurrence for Utah… but the last few days have been overcast and this afternoon we had a wonderful downpour. My darling neighbor girls were over to play and since we were stuck inside… we decided to try our hand at a bit of embroidery.
I’d like to tell you I had the whole project planned and I had everything I needed, but that wasn’t the case. Oh well, I am a “Make it Do” kind of gal. I scrounged around to find hoops, needles, left over embroidery floss, and some muslin… I was in business.
One Pretty Thing published some darling free patterns today that I printed off. (I love free and darling in the same sentence.) But I didn’t have a transfer paper or anything fancy like that… I simply taped the pattern to my window. Then centered the fabric and taped it to the pattern. Using a fine point Mark B-Gone Pen I traced the pattern onto the fabric. (I was wishing I had a fine point brown pigma pen, but oh well).
I taught the girls one simple stitch today… a back stitch. It’s easy to learn and since I am not an expert, it’s easy to teach. It is the same first stitch my mom taught me many years ago. Here is a wonderful “how to” resource for embroidery stitches from the Embroiderers’ Guild.
This is how we got started:
- I traced their pattern onto the fabric.
- Then I placed the fabric into an embroidery hoop.
- I cut the embroidery floss about 18 inches long. That is a good length for children to work with.
- I split the floss in half so I had three strands.
- Tie a knot at the end of the floss and thread the needle.
- I sat next to each child individually and taught them by making the first few stitches.
- Then I turned them loose. Maybe I am easily impressed but I think they took to it like ducks to water….
Here is Lily’s handiwork. It’s wonderful for a seven year old on her first try. (Did I mention that I’m her mother?)
Emma is going to keep me busy setting up new projects for her… she has about ten things planned after she finishes her owl. I think she takes after my Mom… her Nan.
Here’s my favorite old time embroidery story. A little girl sat down and dutifully stitched her embroidery…. when she stood up her lovely stitchery was completely attached to her skirt. I guess the moral of the story is stitch in pants.