How to Use One Pattern, Three Ways!comments (5) September 24th, 2008
Embroidery is like a relationship—it's all about commitment. But unlike most relationships, you get something beautiful even if you only give it a day or two! Give it more time and you get to play with stitches and detail, adding depth and interest to your project. Here's a great example of the same pattern stitched in three different ways. Let's call them "The Summer Fling," "The High School Romance," and "I Do, I Do."
First, you can download the pattern here.
Then decide what you want to embellish. This pattern looks great as a pillow or a piece of wall art but would look smashing as piece of wearable art, too. I decided I wanted to frame my art in oval embroidery hoops, so I chose some white linen I had in my fabric stash. Linen is great to stitch on because it has a nice open weave, and the more open the weave the easier the stitching. That's not to say you can't stitch up something on a fabric with a tight weave, but it just takes a sharper needle. Want to stitch onto a T-shirt or other stretchy fabric? Well, you're a brave soul! If you can wait, I'll be posting about stitching on stretch in a few weeks. Can't wait? You'll need patience, a sharp needle, and some stabilizer (I like water-soluble stabilizer because you can wash it away after you're done). Final tip: Don't stretch your fabric too tight in your hoop because you'll cause your stitches and fabric to pucker.
After you've printed out the pattern and picked your fabric, you have to decide how you want to transfer your pattern onto your fabric. I'm a big fan of the Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen and tracing paper. It makes a reusable iron-on of any pattern that you can have at the ready in your pattern library. You can find the pen here (in bulk) or here or here, or ask your local craft or fabric store to order one for you. Other options are transfer pencils and transfer paper. Sublime Stitching sells white and gray transfer paper and you get some fun patterns to boot! However you choose to make your pattern, get that thing on the fabric and let's start stitching!
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery