One of the biggest stumbling blocks with embroidery is transferring the design to the fabric. Most stitchers begin with a design that is on paper - either from a pdf or from a book. For years, I used my light table and a blue auto fade marker to add my drawings to my fabric. It is a great method - really quick and easy. No light table? Use a sunny window. The always frustrating part was that the light blue marker doesn't often show up on certain colors of fabric. For darker fabrics, I often use a black permanent marker like a Sharpie.
If you are using a fabric that isn't see-through (like felt), the light table method doesn't work. My second choice was always using dressmaker transfer paper - sort of like old-fashioned carbon paper. This sort of worked but the lines were always very faint and had to be traced over. Wool felt isn't the easiest fabric to draw on because the marker kind of squishes onto the fibers and there isn't a hard line to stitch over.
Enter a great new product by Sulky called Sticky Fabri-Solvy. I have used other products by Sulky (their heat transfer pens and their Tear-Easy tearaway stabilizer) and always have been happy. I read about this new product and called them to see if I could get some samples to try out. This product comes in 8 1/2 x 11" sheets (12 per pack). And the sheets can be run through your printer! What a revelation. Now I can take my computer illustrated line drawings and print them out on the Sticky Fabri-Solvy.
Note - the Sticky Fabri-Solvy also comes in rolls 8", 12" and 20" wide but they won't run through a typical home printer.
The Sticky Fabri-Solvy is composed of two layers - a paper layer (which helps it feed through the printer) and a fabric-ish layer with an adhesive. The fabric layer is the side that you print on. You can also draw easily on the fabric layer with pens or markers. I drew on it for my project because I wasn't quite at the point where my design had been transferred to Adobe Illustrator. The fabric is similar in texture to non-woven interfacing but has a nice soft hand to it.
|The design being stitched on a piece of felt with embroidery floss|
|The finished stitched design - you can see the Sticky Fabri-Solvy - it is white|
|The felt piece in the warm water with no soap|
|The finished stitchery - no residue at all. AMAZING!|
(Disclosure Note - I was given the product to try but not compensated for this post. I just had to share it with all of you. You can buy the products from Amazon also - my affiliate links below. Or try your local sewing and quilting store if you are lucky enough to have one to shop at.)
Heat Transfer Pens here
Sticky Fabri-Solvy here
Tear-Easy Stabilizer here