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Transferring an Embroidery Pattern

Embroidering is fun and relaxing, but before you can begin, you need to get the pattern onto your fabric. There are different methods you can use to transfer your embroidery pattern, but I am going to explain the simplest way: TRACING.

The following steps will teach you how to transfer your pattern onto your fabric, or you can skip to the video tutorial.

Begin by placing your pattern face-down onto your fabric and tape it down so that the pattern does not move.

Use a light-table or tape your pattern/fabric to a window and trace your design with a water-soluble marker. If you have an iPad, you can also use the app Trace Table.

Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy

There’s nothing worse than not being able to transfer your embroidery pattern. Sometimes you can’t see through the fabric to trace and other times the pattern is so intricate, tracing feels next to impossible!

Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy is the best solution I have found!

My love for Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy began when I started stitching embroidered photographs. I love seeing a photograph come to life in another art form. It’s my favorite way to capture my most cherished memories.

I have made several embroidered photographs and I even offer embroidery kits to make your very own embroidered photograph! I have discovered the easiest way to get the pattern onto my fabric without losing any of the important little details is by using Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy. This stuff is magical! Your Custom Embroidered Photograph Kit will come with your pattern printed onto this magical Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.

You can send a sheet of Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy through your printer and get your design printed right onto it! Then you just peel off the back and stick it onto your fabric!

How to Use sulky sticky fabri-solvy

1. Choose your pattern.

2. Print your pattern onto the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.

3. Peel off the release sheet and stick your pattern onto your fabric where you want your design to be. The best part is, if you happen to place your pattern in a spot you don’t like, you can always peel it off and stick it in a new spot!

4. Grab an embroidery hoop and place your fabric in it. TIP: Don’t pull the fabric too tight in your hoop, or the fabric will bunch when you take it out. Keep the tension of your fabric the same as the tension of the Fabri-Solvy.

5. Stitch your design! Keep in mind that the Sticky Fabri-Solvy is in fact sticky, so it is normal to have a sticky residue on your needle. This can seem annoying, but I assure you it will be worth it! Sticky Fabri-Solvy is the easiest way to get an intricate design onto fabric. Especially when using dark fabric!

It’s so easy to use! Just stitch through both layers: The Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy and your fabric.

6. When you are done, take your design out of your embroidery hoop and run the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy under warm water for 1 – 2 minutes., or until the Fabri-Solvy is completely dissolved.

7. Place the embroidery between two towels and press down on the embroidery to remove excess water. Then, lay flat to dry completely.

This is a video tutorial that will show you how to completely remove the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.

For more detailed instructions, grab a Custom Embroidered Photograph Kit from me. Your kit will come with everything you need to embroider your favorite photograph including your pattern printed onto Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy, instructions with pictures and video tutorials, fabric, thread, needles, an 8 inch hoop, and felt to back your embroidery hoop.

How to Embroider 101

Embroidery is not as difficult as you may think. You’ll get it down in no time! And, with a bit of practice, you may find that embroidery is the perfect way to relax after a crazy, busy day. My favorite way to unwind is Netflix and embroidery.

This post includes everything you need to begin embroidery, and a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. Keep reading to learn how to begin!!

If you are nervous about beginning embroidery, I have a few patterns and kits that I HIGHLY recommend for beginning embroidery artists. These patterns/kits come with instructions for what stitches to use, how to create each stitch, and the color thread you will need. So if you are needing somewhere to start, check out the patterns and all-inclusive kits available.

Beginner Embroidery Patterns and Kits:

Wild Sunflowers
Wild Daisies
Donut Worry Be Happy
I’d Spend All Nine Lives With You
Squeeze the Day
Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons

1.MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

embroidery hoop – an embroidery hoop has two rings. You put the fabric between the hoops and keep it pulled tight. They come in several sizes, so you can get the size that works for the embroidery piece you are creating.

fabric – you can use any fabric you want to. My favorite fabric to use is linen and linen blends. I like it because it stretches and doesn’t “pucker.”

small, sharp scissors – really, any scissors will work, but embroidery scissors are cute and they get the job done!

embroidery floss – I love DMC embroidery floss, but there are many other cheaper brands you can use as well. I prefer DMC because the color doesn’t bleed onto my fabric.

embroidery needle – there are sever sizes you can buy, depending on the thickness of your thread. I usually work with a size 7 needle and it works with all thread sizes I use.

water soluble marker – this will be used to trace your design onto your fabric

2. HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR PATTERN

Follow these steps in my Instagram post for how to transfer your design onto your fabric. Follow @threadunraveled.stitches on Instagram for more tips and tricks on embroidery.

3. STITCH YOUR DESIGN

In this video tutorial, I will teach you 7 simple stitches: the back stitch, split stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, french knot, and lazy daisy stitch. This free embroidery pattern will allow you to practice many of these simple stitches. Once you have mastered these stitches you will be able to create your own art.

4. HOW TO BACK YOUR EMBROIDERY HOOP

My favorite way to finish off an embroidery hoop is with felt on the back. There are many other methods, but this is the method I have found to be the most professional looking and safe for the embroidery art I created. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to back your embroidery hoop with felt.