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Monday, April 26, 2010

Crafty Monday: Printed Fabric

I really love embroidery, but the fact of the matter is, I'm horrible at transferring designs to the fabric. It's just like this video of stupid people in infomercials. I accidentally eat the carbon transfer paper, my face is doodled on with the embroidery markers and pens à la Liar, Liar, and I somehow iron a pattern transfer onto the ironing board rather than my fabric. Seriously, I'm at that point, so a little help is more than welcome.

One of my current favorite ways to embroidery is to print a photo and what I want to embroider directly on the fabric. I've been printing on fabric for a few years thanks to this tutorial on instructables, and have actually broken two printers because I just had to print a couple of 5 foot scrolls (I should have learned my lesson after the first one, but it was a couple of years later and I forgot). The first time I used this technique for embroidery was for the Shut Up Woman Get On My Horse post.

I thought I would share a quick tutorial/process of making one of these super easy embroidery pieces. First of all, I choose my image. I'm majorly into Doctor Who right now, so the TARDIS was a natural choice.

I was suffering a major creative block, so I went with the first thing I could think of, "Fantastic!" and put the text in. I used the font Assiduous (aka - the Doctor Who font) in an outliney way to make it easier for embroidering

Now that I've got the image I want, now it's time to gather the supplies. For this project you'll need:
  • Freezer Paper
  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • A sheet of paper
  • An embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss & needle
  • Scissors (I used both my normal cutting scissors and my stitch scissors)
  • Hoop for holding the project (I use Q-Snaps)
  • Tacky glue

Next comes the parts in the instructables tutorial. Cut your freezer paper the size of a normal sheet of paper, iron the shiny side to a piece of fabric, trim as needed, and put it in your printer. Make sure that the fabric is the side you'll be printing on.

So you're all ready for printing. I've made a couple of these before, so I know roughly what size I need. The project will be put into a 5" hoop when it's done, so I printed it slightly under that size. If you aren't sure and don't want to waste fabric, just print the image (Tip: grayscale will save ink!) on a piece of paper and hold your hoop over it to see how the image will look.

Here is my design straight out of the printer

Remove the freezer paper and hoop the fabric. You're ready to stitch!

If you're using a very thin fabric like I do, the appearance will look kind of wonky until you get it into the tight hoop.

To provide a nice bit of backing to hide the back of your project, you can cut out a circle of felt to stick in the back. I just put the hoop over the felt, draw a circle, and cut the circle out.

Place your fabric into the embroidery hoop and place it how you want. Tighten the hoop as much as you can without causing too much strain on it.

Flip it over and trim the excess fabric, leaving about 1/2" all around. Add the felt circle during this time.

Get out the tacky glue and start gluing! Spread the glue over the hoop and start folding the fabric down.

Turn it over and you're done!


Here are a few of my other projects using the same technique:

Shut up woman, get on my horse Requiem for a Dream Embroideries

Arsenic and Old Lace Embroidery Don't Blink

Monday, April 19, 2010

Crafty Monday: Needle Felting!

This is the post that was meant for last Monday. When Friday rolled around and I still hadn't posted it, I decided I might as well wait until it was actually the right day. I'm always eager to try a new craft (see: Finding My Banjo), and when I found out that both my sister Laci and my mom wanted to try needle felting, I started looking more closely at the kits I'd been eying for a while. I got a magical mushroom kit from fancytiger and we started needle felting!

mom's was sort of square for a while
Mom's was square

laci's impromptu earrings
WOO instant earring

laci's was a bit wonky
Laci's was kinda wonky

laci, me, and mom with our magic mushrooms
Our projects

mom - laci - me
Finished Products!

Needle felting is not at all what I thought it would be like, but I think it is really interesting. It's been almost two weeks and I still haven't picked it up again (I'm working on another neat project at the moment), but I definitely do see more needle felting in my future! My mom also wrote a blog post about it, which you can see here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Talk to me Tuesday: Failed Experiment (kinda)

I completely forgot to do my Crafty Monday post, but I will hopefully get to it tonight (a bit late, but better late than never).