Just a quick update regarding my embroidery progress so far.
Tracing the Pattern
I chose a paisley print to trace my pattern onto, as I want a featured white pattern fabric for my first attempt. It’s some leftover I used for a quilt I made a few months ago, and I had it in my mind when I was planning this for my first embroidery attempt.
Silly me decided it would be a fabulous idea to start my project at night. Given that I hadn’t traced my pattern onto my fabric yet, this posed a slight problem as I don’t have a light box. Ordinarily, I would’ve taped my pattern and the fabric onto a window, and gone nuts with my water soluble pen to get started, but given that there’s no light at night time (duh!) I had to think of a different way.
Yep .. I could’ve just waited, but I’ve been eargerly anticipating starting this project and I didn’t want to stop at the first speedhump. SO I thought to myself .. What could I use?
I ended up taping my pattern and my fabric to our clear shower screen door, and shone a light through the back of it. The light was just the one from my iPhone, so nothing too specky.
This was a bit tricky having to hold my arm on the other side of the door whilst tracing .. Particularly given our shower door swings! So on that note, here’s a great tutorial on how to make your own light box. I’ve looked up a few on eBay and what not, and they’re quite expensive! There’s a lot of tutorials out there, but I want something simple, without construction, and that is mobile .. So Jackie’s idea is perfect.
Here’s the final tracing of the pattern.
Start of Embroidering
I’ve started on the words first, using an orange DMC thread. I really want the colours to pop off my white paisley fabric, so I’m going for bold and bright.
This is quite a small pattern, so I’ve used short back stitches to effectively trace the words .. Definitely a lot of polishing to do, but so far so good!
You can slightly see the paisley white fabric I’ve used here .. and on a side note, I’m LOVING being able to choose whatever fabric I like for these works! I mean, coloured aida is exciting, but any kind of fabric is awesome!