|digitized by my friend :)|
|here's how it looks when printed, in its original size :)|
My friend (@garracula on instagram) was nice enough to generously offer his professional skills and turn this drawing of mine into a digital pdf!
So this was originally intended to be a free embroidery pattern, but you could also print and color it in too :)
I'm going to stitch this design myself, and will attempt my very first tutorial on doing a wicker basket this coming week(just need to figure out how haha).
so here's the link to the pdf!
free embroidery pattern!
So there are a few ways to transfer the design to fabric.
-open the pdf , tape your fabric to the computer screen, and use it as a lightbox to trace the design
-print it onto iron-on paper, then iron onto fabric(really only helpful if you have such paper lying around in this quarantine, of course!)
-print onto paper, then tape the fabric onto the design and trace(my choice, as seen in the pics below)
Now if you decide to trace it on the computer, you can just tape the chosen fabric(that's thin enough to see the design through) onto your computer screen and trace the design, an excellent choice if you don't have access to a printer. Once traced I also recommend backing the fabric with a plain cotton, throw it in the hoop, and you're good to go :)
The important thing is to use fabric you can see through. It doesn't have to be translucent, but you should get at least the main outlines, and then you could fill in the details after. It's loose here, we're just having fun! :)
For this design I thought it would look nice on one of my grandma's old handkerchiefs, which is quite translucent by now :) I also cut some fabric for backing.
I printed the design in the size it is, but you can make it as large or small as you'd like.
Its original size requires a 7" or 8" hoop. I didn't have any 7's so I went with the 8", and will stitch a little border, I think.
That's the cool thing about embroidery, the design isn't set in stone, you can change anything you want.
Now I like to use the plastic hoops while working as they tighten better, so tap the fabric to see if it's tight like a drum, that's what you want! (and you will have to keep tightening as you work, that's totally normal)
So here are some photos as I begin the process!
|when cutting fabric for a hoop, make sure you leave plenty of room around! an inch is a healthy amount. 1.5" even better. eyeball it and trust your instincts!|
|you can see the difference between the photo above without the backing, the this photo of the hankie with the backing.|
|so here it is in the plastic working hoop, ready to go.|
For those of you who do stitch this, please feel free to ask questions if you have them!
And I'd absolutely love to see your work :) Please send me pics!
Love you all!!