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Aug. 20th, 2006 @ 10:35 am Transfer Paper
Hello, All- I am hoping you can help me:

I like to make my own designs for hand embroidery, and as I've never had much luck with carbon paper or tracing, I tend to favor ironing on my designs with transfer paper. The part I DON'T like about this is all the extra paper between the outlines that cracks and peels after the outline is stitched.

I am looking for a heat transfer paper (iron on) that will transfer a design but not the blank, non-printed area inside. For example, if I were to be using a graphic from a children's coloring book, it would only transfer the black lines and not the white space intended for coloring.

Do you have any ideas?
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Date:September 2nd, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Have you tried one of the transfer pencils? You trace the design in the pencil, which I think is usually a reddish color, then iron it on, and all you have are the lines.

Have you tried a lightbox? I use Pigma pens in the color of embroidery I'm going to do - red pen for redwork, etc. I use the smaller ones .05, if I can find it, seems to work well. Tape the design down on the lightbox, position fabric over it and trace. Some people tape down the fabric also. Art stores have very nice lightboxes, and the price can get high, but there are lower end ones, also. Quilt stores have a much cheaper version involving a lot of plastic, and it works just fine, comes in two sizes. The larger one is still less than $40, I believe.

If you don't have a lightbox, or want to get one, then tape to a window or even the TV set on a bright blue channel. Another option is to get a piece of plexiglass, take out the leaf in your dining table, place the plexi over the gap, place a lamp under, and then trace. Or some variation therof.
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Date:September 2nd, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
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on those transfer pencils, what do you trace them onto before you iron them on? Some sort of paper?
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Date:September 2nd, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Example of pencil: <http://members.aol.com/garfairies/notions2.html#transfer>

'nother option <http://www.ezquilt.com/products/notions/onesteppen.htm>

How to for direct transfer (using light) <http://www.ehow.com/how_5017_transfer-design-fabric.html>

A few more instructions <http://www.hobbyloco.com/transfer.html>

As far as the paper is concerned, I used a thin, almost see-through paper. I don't know what it's called. Technically, I think you can use any flat paper, not a paper like onion skin. I think this site has the right paper <http://www.berlinembroidery.com/prickandpounce.htm#velum> She also has some other options for transfer of designs.