Thursday, May 27, 2010
Stitching on Black Tutorial
There's something special about stitching on black, the colors POP so much more than they do on white. It takes a little bit of work, but it's so worth it!
We put together a little tutorial on how to get the design you want to stitch on black fabric.
(please excuse the bad pictures) the sun has been no where to be found this week :(
Materials you will need:
~design you want to embroider
~black fabric bigger than your design
~transfer paper(preferably white)
~hard surface to trace on
~pins to pin down the design while tracing
~Hoop and thread
And your imagination!
Iron the fabric you are using, so you can trace easily
Cut piece of black fabric that's bigger than your design, so you have more than enough room to trace and fit in your hoop
Cut transfer paper to fit your image
Once you cut the piece to size, place the transfer paper chalky side down on cloth
Once the transfer paper is chalky side down on your cloth, place your design face up on top of transfer paper and pin all the way around the border, so you can trace without anything moving
Now your ready to trace! Using a ball point pen trace over the outline of your design applying enough pressure to assure the image you desire. Check design often to make sure you are pressing hard enough and to make sure you don't miss anything.
When you are done tracing, make one last check that everything is traced before you move it and take all of the pins out. Once you do that you're ready to stitch!
Things we learned:
1- We suggest you use a PEN, we started tracing with a mechanical pencil, it's no good
2- Choose your design wisely, everything will be a lot easier if your entire design fits in your hoop (there is less chance of your design rubbing off)
3- While embroidering try and keep your hands on the hoop and not on the design
4- If you choose an intricate design go over your design with a white stabillo after tracing to ensure nothing smears off
Hope this help all you stitchers who want to stitch on black!