by Sandra | August 8th, 2013
New to me anyway.
I have shared this amazing little tip in my last two workshops (Australia and Asilomar).
What is it you are asking? Well my dear friends, it is the most amazing, fantabulous, wondrous material ever for perfectly marking embroidery on your quilt top! Not really necessary for the easy peasy stems, leaf veins and petal veins (although you could if you wanted too).
The name of it is, (and the longest name ever) Sulky™ Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy. Notice the word, “printable”? Above is the template that has been printed and then cut and ready to peel and stick to my quilt top for embroidery. I really do wish I had this when I did my butterfly.
Now I can print the butterfly, bee, ladybug, grasshopper……. straight from my printer to this new product, pull away the backing paper, and stick it where it needs to go. Oops! not in the right place? no bother, just peel it away and re-position.
Backing peeled off and template “stuck” to background. Ready to be stitched!
It leaves no sticky residue, rinses away (did I mention it is water soluble?), and allows for perfect embroidery! Ok, as perfect as your own stitching can get.
I used it for creating the Grasshopper on Jason’s Grasshopper block. Can you imagine marking this and making it nice? Not gonna happen.
Since I have the drawing on file, this is what I do….
1) Print it off onto the Sulky sheet
2) Cut it out with approx. a one inch perimeter (to keep stable when hooped)
3) Peel off the backing and place it (embroidery template) on the quilt top in the appropriate place
4) Embroider the grasshopper or whatever (through the embroidery template and background)
5) With hoop still on and the area taut, take a children’s soft bristle toothbrush, wet it generously and *gently* scrub away the soluble “goo” until gone or enough that the rest comes out in the wash if you wash
6) Once most, or all of the template material is gone, do NOT take the hoop off. Take your blow dryer and dry the area. (you can air dry, it will just take longer)
7) Take off the hoop and there is no distortion of the embroidery. You have already pre-shrunk it too! (it will match up with the cotton sewing threads and other embroidery threads that will shrink up when wetted and/or washed and blocked.
No, I do not have permanent hoop marks from drying the area in the hoop.
So those of you doing the Fall Needlebook?
I will be including the pre-printed embroidery template in the Fall Needlebook Kits so no need to make one yourself if you purchase one.
Do it Yourself Instructions: Scan your image to your computer and save as a jpg file. Then print onto the stabilizer, peel & stick in the right place and then outline embroider it perfectly!
Very important: Test your printer ink to make sure it won’t run (bleed) when you hit it with water! Also, printers that feed upright from the back work the best for this type of product. If you have a tray loading printer, it may jam. Test, Test and Test again.
Don’t you just love it when a really good product comes when you need it most? Now go have fun!