Friday, March 2, 2012
Tutorial: Pattern transfer with water soluble pen
Here's the first in that series: pattern transfer using a water soluble pen
What you need:
• a print of the pattern you want to stitch
• a water soluble pen (comes out when you rinse the piece in cold water)
• sticky tape - Japanese masking tape is good, it won't leave any marks
• a window or light box
- you can buy light boxes or make one from a clear storage crate with a bright light placed inside (but no so bright that it'll melt the box!)
Tape the pattern to the window or light box, then tape the fabric on top of the pattern and then you simply trace it with the water soluble pen. And that's it! If you do want a reversed version of the pattern, simply flip the printed pattern before you you tape it to the window.
If you use a window, then obviously you'll have to do the pattern transfer during daylight!
Remember to rinse out the markings before you iron your piece! Ironing can set the markings on the fabric permanently.
Online search for: water soluble pen, water erasable pen - sometimes it's called a marker instead of a pen.