I thought I’d post a bit about what steps I take to finish an embroidery. The first step is the idea, of course. A good idea will keep me up way past my bedtime.
Then I sketch. For something inorganic (like guns, pills, other objects) I sketch directly onto tracing paper. If you were stitching a portrait, you might need a few sketches to get your lines right.
Then I trace the lines on the back of the paper with an iron-on transfer pencil. (Remember that the image will reverse.) I have no problems with ironing on transfers because my lines are always bold and chunky and permanent marks will certainly be covered. Any time I use a chalk transfer, I lose and smear my lines. Yuck.
Then I either choose floss colors to make a palette, or I spin from a pile of wool, blending the fibers like paints. (My favorite!)
Want to play along at home? I’ll give away a set of handspun embroidery yarn to a random lucky reader. I’m also including a copy of The New Crewel. I really want to give the embroidery bug to someone.
How to win? Leave a comment below before I post again. Make sure that I can contact you some way. I will choose a winner at random.