If you are working off a pattern and you want it to be accurate, you’ll need to transfer it onto your fabric. There are various methods, but my favourite way is to trace it.
How to transfer your pattern - quick video
I'll explain below, but I thought I'd first share this simple video where I explain my fav method in real life!
How to transfer your pattern - steps
You can tape your pattern to the window, then tape your fabric over top and trace it on. If it’s night-time (which it often is!) when you need to do this, I find this method handy:
dress your hoop
cut out the pattern and tape or pin it to the back of the fabric.
Turn the flashlight of your phone on, and pop it under the hoop.
Now if you press the pattern hard up against the fabric, you should be able to see the pattern in order to trace it on. You might need to move your hands around and draw little pieces at a time. It can be a bit fiddly, but you'll get there!
You can use any pen or pencil, but just bear in mind any mark you don’t cover with thread will be visible. So you can buy special erasable pens for this purpose, or just do a nice fine line that won’t be too visible later on, even
if it does show through.
Personally, I use the heat erasable Pilot Frixion Pen to transfer patterns onto my hoops.
So there you have it, all the beginner knowledge you need to transfer your embroidery pattern onto your hoop and begin stitching! This method will be used and built on over and again as you make more patterns on your embroidery journey.
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I would totally recommend this course, as it covers more embroidery techniques than this blog, and you can also do it at your own place. Plus, this is a great way to hold yourself accountable for your own me-time and continue on your path to becoming a modern embroidery superstar.