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.


  1. I like the running stitch technique, but do you not sometimes find it confusing for things like knotwork where there are lines going over and others going under?

  2. Yes! But by keeping the running stitches small and just generally being careful, it usually works out ok. And as the worst case scenario is a bit of unpicking if I've gone wrong, it's still a lot better than taking the risk with some kind of pen or pencil.

  3. Looking forward to seeing how you stitch it! Will it *not* involve gold thread?!