This post follows on from yesterday post
For many years I cross-stitched. I used to test cross-stitch patterns for companies, but my first love is "proper" embroidery. Working all those glorious stitches with great names, Chain Stitch, Satin Stitch, Running Stitch, French Knots (the first stitch I ever learnt) and lots and lots of other stitches too. You know, the stitches they are seen on vintage tablecloths and tray cloths and embroidered pictures, These were mostly worked in the 30's and 40's era from transfers which were purchased and ironed on to linen fabric.
Sarah of Homespun Stitchworks wrote a post this morning about these. This is the pen I discovered and is mentioned in Sarah's post
all you do is find a picture or an old transfer you like a photo-copy it onto plain paper, remembering if words are on the transfer they must be in reverse or mirror image otherwise they will come out wrong on the transfer. After you have printed out, turn the paper over and hold up to the light, if it looks correct go over the photo-copy with the pen and iron onto a pure cotton or linen fabric. If you are not sure if the transfer has transferred. Being very careful not to move the paper lift one corner, and look. Go over with the iron again if feint. I actually use my iron on the steam setting, but you can use a dry iron too.
The transfer ready to be stitched
Stitch the pattern however you wish
Place the finished embroidery inside one of those laundry bags and pin the corners and the sides. This can be put in with your normal everyday washing. I find machine washing gives better results.
Putting your embroidered piece in a bag stops the raw edge fraying, and pinning it in stops it being screwed up in the corner of the bag.
When the wash cycle has finished, take out lay face down on the ironing board and iron whilst still damp. Then place somewhere flat to air off.
Also following on from yesterdays post I stitched this for my mother thirty years ago whilst pregnant. It has been washed and ironed many many times