Monday, 25 June 2012
'Earth' mini - setting up
Once I’d drawn up the design I wanted, I scanned it, added a circle round the outside (so when I come to mount it, it should be easy to centre), and resized the whole thing to 10cm (4") in diameter.
I printed this out, and traced it with a transfer pencil:
I ironed this onto some cotton lawn, which I then used to line a piece of pale green silk dupion, and overlocked the edges neatly:
The second piece of fabric is a little extra design, which will form the back of the finished thing.
I stretched the fabric forming the front of the item into a hoop (a bit off-centre, but never mind). Here it is with the back uppermost:
I then stitched over the design lines in a gold-coloured sewing thread in small running stitches, to transfer the design to the front of the fabric in a non-invasive way - if I make a mistake, I just unpick a few stitches, I don't have to worry about permanent lines in the wrong place.
Here it is from the front:
Unfortunately, the running stitches seem to be practically invisible in the photo - they're a lot better than that in real life! I don't think I'd be able to work with them if they really did look like that.
Now the design is marked onto the fabric, I can start stitching.