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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stitch magic

 This post is about using a great product that will make your stitching so much easier. If you have ever wanted to do some stitching and had a very complicated design, you know it can be very time consuming to transfer that design to whatever you are stitching on to.  Especially, when you do your stitching on to, like our example, a black background.  This pattern was one done by Kathy Schmidt.
 There are several product out there, but the use of them is similar.  The one is Sulky and the other is Transfer-Eze.  So let's begin on the use of these products.  You will need a sheet, or sheets that cover your pattern design, a copy machine, and whatever you plan to do your stitching on to.  (fabric)  For our example we used a black cotton fabric and white DMC floss to stitch with.
 Since I started stitching this design, the pattern has been discontinued by the store that I purchased it from.  So for example, I used a different pattern.  You will need to place the pattern on your printer and know which side the paper side of the product is.  You will need to follow the manufactures directions.  But so you know what we are talking about, the product peels away from itself and is similar to a paper towel. 
 So when you have your pattern copied on to the product, you peel the design away from the paper, and place it on your fabric for stitching.   It is kind of sticky, but not so much so that you only have once chance to get it on straight. 
 Once you have the product with the design on it stuck to your fabric, you are ready for stitching.  You can see here that our design was bigger than just one sheet, so we needed to use two.  We overlapped them and did the stitching.
Here's an up close of what the stitching looks like.  When you are done the product is water soluble. I had a picture of this and it got erased, sorry.  But trust me it works!  You will need to put it in a bowl of water for about 5 minutes.  I washed my stitching after I was done with this last step.  I'm still looking for a frame to put it in. So I can't show you it framed yet.  Its a work in progress!  So next time you have a stitchery or embroidery that you would like to have an easy way to get your pattern to fabric, you may want to give this a try.

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