Friday, March 16, 2012
Tutorial: Pattern transfer with transfer paper
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water soluble pen method might not be ideal.
What you need:
• a printed pattern or drawing that you want to transfer
• a pen (ball point is best, it won't rip the paper) or crochet hook or other sharp-ish instrument
• transfer paper
- the brand I use is Saral, there are other ones. What I like about Saral is that it comes in several colours (red, white, yellow, blue and black) so there's bound to be a colour that will show up on your fabric. Nicole recommends the yellow one as a good all-rounder.
The other good thing about Saral is that there's no wax in the paper, so it's easier to wash out of your fabric. Saral comes both in a set with a sheet of each colour and as rolls. Rolls are a good investment if you do a lot of embroidery! The paper can be used multiple times which makes it even more affordable.
Then place a piece of transfer paper on your fabric. Make sure you put the transfer side facing onto the fabric. With most of the colours there is a slight difference in colour between the two sides, but the white type you may have to look extra carefully to see which is which. You should be able to tell the difference by touch, the transfer side feels a bit smoother than the non-transfer side.
Place your pattern on top of the transfer paper and trace it. It's a good idea to use a pen that's a different colour than the lines of the pattern so it's easier to see if you've missed anything.
Search online for: transfer paper, saral paper, wax-free transfer paper.
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thats so funny! i was just today complaining (to myself) that i needed a better pattern transfer method. i have been getting annoyed with dissolving ink pens that dont dissolve, and ther such mishaps. thanks so much for this!ReplyDelete
Saral is good, however I had a bit of a disaster using the black - it smudged black all over my fabric I think because it was a new sheet and was heavily impregnated with the transfer substance. I would recommend giving the printing side a wipe with a tissue first to remove excess powder.ReplyDelete
I must admit I have been a bit shy of using it since and tend to stick with dressmakers carbon paper. this is fine as long as you cover the whole lot with stitching because it doesn't wash out easily.
Sorry to hear you had an unfortunate experience! Definitely worth keeping in mind.Delete