Sunday, 14 April 2013

Design Transfer tutorial......My way ! And my 'POPPY' watercolour !!

Hello dear friends, I hope life is treating you well......Spring has truly sprung here in the UK ! Well as I promised....a tutorial on design transfer to fabric.....
WHAT YOU WILL NEED........
1. A normal HB PENCIL
2. A piece of suitable  FABRIC....ie, calico or close woven linen
3.Masking tape
4. A design of your choice !
5. A craft embossing tool (small end ) or an empty ball point pen
6. Tracing paper
This is your step by step guide for transferring your pattern..............

1. Place design on a flat surface and place tracing paper on top...hold down with masking tape.
2. Trace your design onto the tracing paper.........now turn your tracing paper over and pencil over the design Again ( This is important, to retrace on the back
as well, so that your design is the right way round when you transfer it !
3. Turn your tracing paper over AGAIN to the first side that you traced ! Now
place your fabric down and secure to the surface with masking tape
4. Now place your tracing paper design on top of your fabric and secure again with masking tape !






5. Now using your embossing tool and pressing firmly, go over the whole design,
If you are using an old ballpoint pen, please be very careful as the point is sharp and could easily rip the paper design .
6. when you are happy that you have 'EMBOSSED' every line of the design, very carefully lift one corner and see if the lines have transferred.....if they are very faint ,it means that you have not pressed firmly enough and may need to go over the design again ( Also if the pencil lead is too hard, then it will not transfer, so use a softer pencil ) When the design has transferred, it may be faint in places so I go over the design again with a very fine ballpoint pen and I ensure that I embroider over the design lines completely !!




This method of tranferring for embroidery has served me well over the years and it saves me money, as I dont need to buy embroidery transfers( the iron on type) !
In fact it opened up a whole new design source for me.........clip art, colouring books, in fact anything that I see on the internet that inspires me, I can just print off and then trace......I do hope that this works for you and you certainly dont need a light box for this method !
If anyone has any questions, they can leave a comment and I will comment back with advice.........OMG I'm giving all my secrets away....... !!!
          My latest embroidery  is here to show you...........................


This is a watercolour background that has turned out so well.........HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD LIKE A TUTORIAL ??? Well if I get a whole lot of requests for a one, then I might just TREAT you all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe just a little more 'EYE CANDY' then....................................





Well I do hope you have enjoyed my post today.......Now I'm exhausted and must put my mind to a huge mouthwatering  roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings and a strawberry and apple crumble (diabetic style ) of course with lashings of double cream...........Yummmmmmmmmm..................Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment, it means so much......xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx












59 comments:

  1. All your work is Eye Candy and I for one is so pleased that you are willing to share all (?) your secrets with us.
    I have never seen this kind of transfer method and want to give it a try. Of course I am also interested in your watercolour background tutorial!
    Enjoy that dinner!

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    1. Thank you for sharing this transfer method I was looking for something like this today and came across this by accident. Was meant to be! Thank you so much your work is inspiring, would love to see how you do the watercolour work. Will be watching.

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  2. Hello Chris, Thanks so much for your very thoughtful and kind tutorial on transfer motif to fabric. Much appreciated. Your cutting board is very pretty. I have never seen a purple one. Your stitchery is absolutely stunning and perfect. You are a very talented lady.. I would LOVE to learn how you do watercolor to your fabric. I have been wanting to learn this for years. Thanks for the kind offer. Happy Spring. Hugs Judy

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    1. Gorgeous work and so pleasant to look at! Yes, thank you for sharing such a beautiful composition.

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  3. your poppy is wonderful! I would be interested in a watercolour background tutorial, but I don't think I'd be able to do it, I'm not very artistic

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    1. Wendy, you dont have to be artistic !
      When I do the tutorial, I shall guide you....
      I'm sure you can do it !
      Hugs
      xxxxx

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  4. I thank you for this help and would love, love to know about the watercolors. It is so nice when artists share their secrets. Your work is amazing!

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  5. Yes please for a watercolour tutorial!! Your designs and stitching are gorgeous. I'm always interested in seeing others' techniques and inspirations.

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  6. I am just so glad I found you and love to see what you are making and I really love your poppies, my favorite flowers and I would love to hear how you do your backgrounds. Thank you for all you tips that you pass onto us, I for one am really grateful. I really enjoyed doing the dragonflies that you gave us last year. Keep up the good work, regards Maria.

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  7. Hi Chris, I loved your tutorial even though I would not be able to do it BUT I love the finished result.
    Keep up the good work, you have plenty if ladies to please.

    Love Mike XX

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  8. love the tute and woulod love to know how to do the watercolour effect

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  9. Thanks for the transfer tip!

    I am dying to know how you created that lovely color on your poppy b background. If you will tell us, we will be a rapt audience!1
    Thanks again.

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  10. Beautiful eye candy and a wonderful tutorial! Yes, please, a tutorial for your watercolor background! Thanks in advance.

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  11. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. You just made the image transfer became much much easier. Tutorial about watercolour background? YES!!! judy :-)

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  12. wow..nice was to transfer the pic..I would love to see the water colour tutorial..please

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  13. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! i LOVE watercolor and embroidery!! How did you do it? Theresa

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  14. Thanks for the good information, your watercolour designes are so pretty they would look wonderful in frames.

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  15. I would love to see your tutorial for using watercolour with embroidery. I love the poppy artwork! Have been learning both how to watercolour paint and how to embroider, so would love to combine the two. Thanks!

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  16. Hi, Chris! A thousand times thank you for your "little secret". It's great to share tips to facilitate our work. I love your poppies!!!!!

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  17. Wonderful, happy work. I want to be included if you do a tutorial. Its so great to keep learning and the watercolor effect just makes everything so much more special.

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  18. Thanks for the refresher. Love your embroidered poppies.

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  19. A BIG yes for the tutorial and a big thank you for sharing the secret of your own. really appreciate. Poppies look wonderful. I enjoy all your work.Sometime I wonder how you stitch so perfectly which need years of practice. Designs, colors used are great in all your work.Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Yes, a tutorial for watercolor on cloth. How light fast is it and how stable is the watercolor on the fabric? Thank you for your time.

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    1. Hi Angela, You can heat set the watercolour with an iron...But the lightfastness will certainly depend on where you display the piece....Obviously in full sunlight, all colour will fade eventually
      Hope this helps !

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  21. Thank you. Would love another tutorial.

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  22. This is just beautiful and oh so clever.

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  23. Thanks Chris for your tutorial. I will surely use it.
    I really would like you to share your tutorial for the watercolor with us. But this one will be very helpfull.
    Thanks a lot,
    Ini

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  24. So pretty. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. I, too, am interested in your water color tutorial. How did you do that?
    Thanks,
    Terri

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  25. It is so lovely. Hope you are able to do the tutorial for us. Love these wonderful arts and crafts but am not good at imagining them on my own. Thanks for your inspiring blog.
    Terr

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  26. Yes please. I looks so good.

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  27. Absolutely stunning Chris, your poppies are gorgeous and I would love to know how you created that beautiful background. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us and as you say can save a lot of money using this technique.

    Hugs Anne x

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  28. Thanks for a very useful and 'user friendly' tutorial. A big YES to the watercolour tutorial, please.

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  29. Thank your for sharing with us your tips. I did not know how to transfer a pattern to the fabric that way! The final work you post as well is lovely... i would like to learn how to do watercolor techniques! xx

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  30. Thank you for sharing with us you tips! I did not know how to transfer a pattern to the fabric that way... a lot easier! And the final work is lovely. I would love to learn how to do watercolor technique in fabric! xx

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  31. thank you for sharing this amazing and easy tip,and i loved your embroidery work..thanks for sharing again

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  32. Beautiful work. I'd LOVE a watercolor tutorial!!!

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  33. First time seeing your work; it is stunning. I am putting your blog on my list of places to visit. My embroidery work at this point is beginner grade, but I aspire to do better. Your flowers are an inspiration.

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  34. Thanks again for your tutorial and what a beautiful embroidery and yes i would love watercolour tutorial.

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  35. That was so simple. Why didn't I think of it? Thanks. I just took a 2 day embroidery class from Sue Spargo and have got the embellishing bug. Love the queen anne's lace design... I am so inspired, and will be following your blog. Come see mine, too.

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  36. Count me in for the watercolor tutorial also!!!!!

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  37. I hit up google for my question about an HB pencil. As I suspected, it is the UK grading system for how hard the "lead" (graphite) is. We use a numbering system in the US with #2 being the most common pencil.

    #1=B (very soft, smears easily, needs frequent sharpening)

    #2=HB (medium)

    #3=H (very hard, draws a fine line without sharpening as often)

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  38. Thank you for sharing, nice work

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  39. Que buena técnica y además barata,para las principiantes nos viene genial!!! Adoro tus diseños y me encantaría una clase sobre acuarela,se ven preciosas tus flores!!!!
    Besos.

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  40. I just happened upon your site, and I love the watercolor embroidery! Very pretty. So what's the secret??

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  41. I just happened upon your site, and I love the watercolor embroidery. Very pretty. So what's your secret? I'd love a tutorial :)

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  42. Very pretty project. Your tutorial was exellent, and I'd love to see and try your "Watercolor" background.

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  43. I for one am grateful to have found this tutorial and easy explanation wow. I know when you have a great secret it was hard to keep it but this is a wonderful one found on my pinterest wow I think today is my first time i'll have a better chances thanks to you on my future embroidery skill which right now is zero but I have hope Now ty doll you rock

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  44. Thanks for the tutorial, I do a lot of embroidery usually combined with my patchwork. I was given a light box for my birthday but will use this method as well.

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  45. Thanks, please show us how you did the watercolor background. Thanks again.

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  46. Yes, please! I would love to know about your watercolour background.



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  47. Obrigada por compartilhar. Lindo.

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  48. This is very lovely. I am just starting on embroidery myself and had always been impartial to the idea of hand stitching. It has been wonderful looking at your tutorial and additional up close pictures of your work. Thank you for sharing.
    Bonnie

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  49. This is very lovely. I have personally been opposed to hand stitching for the most part until very recently. Then I got the embroidery bug and how. I love your tutorial and the additional pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Bonnie

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  50. Thanks for sharing your work! I would love to see how you do the watercolour too.

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  51. Love the watercolour and embroidery. Would love to see a tutorial on that.

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  52. this is AWESOME!!!! Want to learn how to do it too.

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  53. I would love to learn how to do the watercolor with embroidery

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