The Knowledge Nuggets section contains tutorials and interesting embroidery-related tidbits, tips and tricks. Some of the topics include transferring designs to fabric, printing patterns full-size, making gesso softies and more.
It may even include a few things you’ve always wondered about… but were afraid to ask…
Gesso Softies™ are fun, easy, paint-able projects that can be as simple, or as elaborate as you choose.
To make them, simply trace a pattern onto medium-weight cotton fabric (not broadcloth – it needs to be heavier, like canvas, twill or duck), stitch and stuff the shape. Then, coat the surface of the shape with Gesso before painting with acrylic craft paints and sealing the surface with matte, satin or glossy polyurethane. Continue Reading “Making Gesso Softies”
This tutorial utilizes something you may already have in your kitchen – Glad® Press’n Seal® – and is a terrific way to transfer an embroidery design to thick fabrics, such as velvet or felt, or fabrics where the transferred design is difficult to see, such as on dark fabrics or printed fabrics.
It’s also a terrific way to transfer a design where you do not want to leave any residue or markings behind, or on a lightweight fabric that needs an extra bit of stability while working the embroidery.
I love the Press’n Seal® Transfer technique and have used in on a variety of fabrics. Here’s how to use it…
Whenever possible, we have provided the free patterns on this site full-size. Therefore, they need to be printed properly to be able to use them. It’s important that you know and understand your printer’s settings, so that you can fully enjoy the patterns the way they were intended.
Printing patterns full-size is actually easy. Feel free to print these instructions and keep them handy. Click here to download a Pattern Printing Test in PDF format. Continue Reading “Printing Patterns”