Friday, 26 April 2013

Book cover

Remember this? I finished it a while ago, bet you'd thought I'd forgotten all about it. A lovely free gift on front of a stitching mag,  I had kept in in a box for years, although I always like it, don't know what stopped me from stitching it, 

I said I would turn it into a book cover, under the fabric is the most tatty book you could ever come across, it's a Delia's and I have had it for over 20 years. Did you know that you can tell a good cook book by how tatty it is, because it means you have used it. 

I actually made it twice because I wasn't happy with the way it turned out the first time,  along the way I found a great way to do reverse applique. 

I have a question.
I have looked up different ways to do it, but I'm wondering what is your favourite way of transferring an embroidery picture? Something I will be doing in May for the first time.

Bye for now


tales from a handmade home said...

Love your pretty stitchery Shirley, it makes a fab book cover......lucky Delia, lol.

I'm afraid I've yet to try my hand at embroidery so can't help you on the design transfer issue.

Have a lovely weekend,
Kim x

Val Spiers said...

The book cover cross stitch looks fabulous. The spotty black and white really sets it off.
For tracing designs I use a pen that disappears when you spray water on it. I have a glass coffe table and desk lamp that I use as a light box. The window works just as well for small designs. On dark fabric or one the pen doesn't show up on I have just started using a pink chalk pencil to copy the design free hand.
This is the sort of question that is perfect to put on google plus if you have lots of people in your circles. It is so worth building up google plus connections.

Fiona said...

love the book cover.. the black and white spot is just perfect tohighlight the yellow background for the cross stitch...
Hubz made me a lovely big lightbox which I use to trace my designs.. .my favourite pen is a fine permanent marker, when that is not clear I use a frixion pen which fades on ironing. I usually use the blue water one val mentioned on my quilting as it can fade in time..

Cheryll said...

I use a light box or a window and a frixion pen... or sometimes a sewing tracing (carbon)paper if the first method isn't applicable. :)

Ladybird Diaries said...

That looks very very pretty.
M x

katherine said...

It is such a cheery design and I love how you have used it for your book cover. My dad and I made two big lightboxes out of a couple of old drawers from the original kitchen in my parents house. They work fantastic with a slope at just the right angle and a tinted perspex in the top. I always use it when tracing things up and depending on the item I am making will depend on what I use to mark the design. Most of the time I use the blue washout pen but I get the really fine tipped one and the other method is just using a very sharp 2B pencil or one of those mechanical ones which will actually keep sharp. If it is dark fabric I will trace onto tissue paper and tack the design through the tissue onto the fabric and remove any threads that are visible after the stitching is finished.

Wendy said...

lovely stitching.

my light box recently died (it's a cheap Do Crafts one, keep meaning to buy another), so I've been making do with our glass coffee table with a lamp underneath!! I use a Frixon pen which disappears when you iron. I've used the fading pens in the past but find that instead of fading within 48 hours, they fade within about 10 minutes!

A word of warning if you go with the fading pen or the one you spray with water to make it disappear - DO NOT IRON until the marks have gone or they set permanently.

I've been meaning to try dress makers carbon paper, but have yet to order any.

Mary Corbert's Needle n Thread has some excellent tips on tracing embroidery (and everything else to do with embroidery actually!)

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