An account of the craftwork I get up to, tatting, spinning, knitting, sewing, whatever
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Preparing The Fabric
Enough procrastination, time to prepare my fabric for embroidery. First of all I shrunk the fabric by wetting it thoroughly. I cut a generous piece, quite a bit bigger than the design, and pressed it with a steam iron. Next, I used my sewing machine to neaten the edges:
Then I used a running stitch to mark the half way lines of the fabric:
Luckily I have a glass table, and with the sun shining today I don't even need a lamp underneath it. I taped the paper pattern to the glass table, then taped the fabric on top, matching the centre lines. Then I took a deep breath and started tracing the pattern onto the fabric, using a ball point pen:
The pen goes along more smoothly than the pencil I used for my sample and I was surprised how easily the job went.
The embroidery project is going to take me a long time and I don't want it to get dirty. So I've covered it with a light muslin, which I tacked down. I'll cut 'windows' into the muslin to expose the area I want to work on. So now I'm all set to begin: