Monday, 10 September 2012

Tips- Tracing text for embroidery

When you want to embroider a little text- a name or  special word onto your block or project, you don't want to spend too much time worrying about how the letters will fit or if you can get them to flow in a line or look like handwriting.  For our new pattern set, 'Back to School', I wanted to sew the word Liberty in the centre circle of the Pencil Wheel quilt block.   This block is similar to a dresden and has a centre appliqu├ęd circle.
The finished circle size as 2.5" diameter so I drew a circle in Word and added a text box in the centre.  I chose a stitchy handwriting text which is widely available as a free font.  Adjust the font to the size you want, you could even make it darker using  bold so it will show through more.  I then printed the motif and placed it under the centre circle fabric.  You can see this is untrimmed and larger than the printed circle.  This allows you to have room to handle it whilst you embroider, you can trim down when your stitching is done.  Place the paper under the fabric and trace with a disappearing or washable fabric marker.  I used a Sewline fabric pencil and sketched very lightly.  Now you can embroider away!
You do need to be using a lighter background fabric for this to work, but it is a great way to get a particular style of letters on to your fabric ready to sew.

11 comments:

  1. The block is adorable...perfectly finished with the embroidery!

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  2. I love the way you used the woodgrain print for these--perfect choice Kerry. Can you whip me up a usable set of these pencils? Wouldn't they be great :)

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    1. I did put the suggestion to them on their FB page!

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  3. Love these pencils ~ this would be so perfect for a school bag!

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  4. Brilliant! What a great skill to learn! It's wonderful to see that block up close, too. Scrumptious!

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    1. Thanks Elnora- it is such an easy technique too

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  5. That liberty pencil blck is really wonderful!

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