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stitching the hat - stitch along

Stitch along transferring the pattern

Blog 2984

Well!  I think the link on the last post should now be working correctly after quite a bit of messing around yesterday!

So, on to the start of the stitch along.

The fabric

The fabric that I used above is Robert Kauffman essex linen in natural (a cotton linen mix), but for the one I'm stitching up as we go along I am using white (to show the stitching more clearly hopefully).  Any medium weight smooth cotton or linen/mix will be fine for your embroidery.  If your fabric is too thin you will be able to see the back of your work through the fabric.  Too thick and it will be difficult to trace.

The tools

Normally I use a pilot frixion pen for all my transferring.  It is heat removable (you iron over it and it disappears.  And normally it works beautifully, creating a fine line for the detail BUT the white fabric I am using today does not like this pen!  I made a mistake, ironed it and was left with a very faint yellowish mark.  I have to say I have never had this problem before so I am not sure if it is because my fabric is white or just this particular type of fabric.  Of course this is why we should always check our markers on a scrap piece before starting!

If I were to use this fabric again I would use a fine water removable pen such as this or a vanishing pen.  But now that I have been to have a look at cottonpatch I've noticed pens I haven't seen before so I may be trying some out in the near future...

I have tried the sulky transfer pen (you trace the design onto tracing paper in reverse then iron the pattern onto your fabric leaving  a permanent pattern) but I found the line a little thick.  It's possible that with a little practice this would improve.  The advantage of this pen is that you should be able to get more than one transfer from your original tracing.  You are effectively making your own transfer.

What to do

If you are finishing the embroidery as a cover for the moleskine cahier then you will need a piece measuring 33cm x 21.5cm (13" x 8.5").  

Onto this draw a line one inch from the base of the longer edge of the fabric and another one inch from the top of the fabric.  This marks the actual pattern size for the book cover.

Measured marks

Then make a small mark 7.3cm (2 and 6 eighths") from the right hand shorter edge, and another 16.3cm (6 and 7 eighths") from the right hand shorter edge as above.  You will need to trace your girl centrally between these marks so that she will sit in the right place on your cover.

I hope this makes sense!

Tracing again

Very recently I treated myself (!!) to a very fancy pants lightbox because I have to do so much transferring and wanted a flat surface with a more even light.  But until very recently I used a bog standard crafting light box  which worked well enough.  Before that I taped my pattern to a sunny window and then taped my fabric over it and traced it that way (this does make your arms ache a bit though).


this is my finished tracing using the frixion pen.

If you are not making a notebook cover then you can simply centre your pattern on your fabric.


Just in case anyone didn't get my list of colours and notes I am popping them here

DMC 304 red (my favourite red!)

Anchor 360 dark brown

DMC 452 beige

DMC 318 pale grey

DMC 3799 charcoal

DMC ecru

and the stitches I used

back stitch

stem stitch

running stitch

cross stitch

back stitch filler

seed stitch

I used two strands of thread for every thing apart from her face and the lists.

Tomorrow I will be starting her hat.

Please feel free to add your own transferring tips and methods and the fabrics and tools you prefer in the comments.  I will also start a discussion thread on transferring in the flickr group.  


1- the pattern

2- you are here

3-stitching the hat

4-stitching the face and hair

5-stitching the dress

6-stitching the tights

7-making up the book cover