Friday, June 27, 2014

Eureka Tip with Wendi Gratz


Today we're joined by Wendi Gratz of the blog Shiny Happy World. Wendi is here to share a product that has changed her stitchy life!

I love, love, love to embroider on wool felt. It's lovely to hold in my hands - but not so lovely to transfer a pattern to. It's too thick to trace through and writing on felt tends to lift the fibers.

That's where Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy comes in! With this stuff you never mark on the felt at all! You print (or trace) your pattern onto it, then peel away the backing and stick the pattern to the felt. Stitch right through it, and then when you're done you soak it off in cold water. I let it soak for a good long time (often an hour or more) and then use the kitchen sprayer to remove any stubborn bits.

Pure magic!

Here you can see the steps for making a little felt bird:

Flora steps

It's also pretty brilliant for embroidering on T-shirts. It's a pattern transfer and wash-away stabilizer all in one! I use it on absolutely everything. :-)

So tell us: what is your favorite method of transferring to those tricky fabrics?


  1. I tend to go freehand.

    what's a kitchen sprayer??

    1. I think it's one of the shower like spray things you can have next to your tap in the kitchen? Not sure though, I'm Dutch ;)

  2. I have found out that a Sulky iron on pen can be used on felt as well. Be careful though as the lines may turn out quite thick and a bit fuzzy. But if you make a few prints on scrap fabric first before you transfer to felt then it should be ok. You can also use tissue paper with the image you want to stitch and stitch the outline onto felt through the paper and then carefully remove the paper.

  3. When I transfer patterns to felt/ wooly fabric I use textile paint. Draw your pattern on a piece of thin plastic (architect film is ideal), then make small holes on the lines with a needle, then you just paint on the fabric thru the plastic. Voila; you have an exact transfer! This technique is great if you need to transfer large patterns, and you don't need to worry about the pattern disappearing when you're sewing.


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