I came across Mary Corbets page when someone asked about a floor stand. So I joined, she dabbles in a lot of embroidery giving advice on all kinds of needlecraft products. I thought the idea of this quilting mesh as interesting how she used a 3B pencil to draw over the mesh on to the fabric.
I can see a way to use it with a very sharpe transfer pencil, rather than normal pencil as normal pencil will leak into the fabric and your thread over time. However if you use a transfer pencil and simply do a dot with the tip into each hole to give you a dotted line then iron the material the transfer pencil will not leak into you material or thread over time.
I would certiantly think about trying the mesh though just not a normal drawing pencil or pen/biro.
As she said if they did some with smaller holes closer together it would work really well but you'd need a very sharp transfer pencil so the point could get into the holes.
I think her overall project on the Hungarian Redwork table runner is an interesting project and there is a lot of work in just the prepping, from pre-shrinking the fabric, to test pieces to get the right threads, to the use of the tambour needle just to see the differences.
She has a lot of tips and tricks as to materials etc. She did mention over time some washable markers will either turn yellow and discolour or come back on your fabric long after the project is finished and recommends certain materials over others. I have the frixion marker and am testing little pieces of fabric, just to see how it goes and as to whether long term use means never coming out of the fabric or if it will fade away and not come back or bleed into the thread,in the case of white floss, etc. Rinsing in hot water to remove it then freezing the material to see if it comes back etc.
it saves all the agro and you can draw in Biro so your lines are thinner keeping to the true lines of the pattern. Once done hand wash and it dissolves. I shall be finishing the wool embroidery on my blanket tonight so I'll take a pic before and after I wash it so show you.
Its cheap as well, I brought 5mtrs for £2.50 off ebay.
Fanks, first stab at wool embroidery, although I prefer silks & stranded cotton for embroidery, still I decided to do this for me mum. I need to wash it now though, its bright blue out the back but as black as your hat out the front so its only a matter of time before it starts hissing down again, so I don't think I'm going to chance it today. I shall just carry on with the hat I am making as a trial for the next bear.
Ooh, it's lovely Tenchy! What a thoughtful gift for your Mum. I find wool doesn't pass nice through a fine material and at times a real struggle to get it through. I like floss too, but you go through so much when it's "covering" stitches,like padded satin. Wool covers so much better, and the struggle is well worth the effort. Finding wool to stitch with is no easy task either, anymore. Then it's the care of the piece afterwards so you don't shrink the wool if it's washed in hot water or dried in a dryer on "hot".
fanks, I used DMC tapestry wool for this one. I also just finished embroidering on the last quilt block too, and I only need to make up the dress that goes on this block so I can start putting the quilt together now. other than Boots I am out of projects so I spose I can start prepping for the rag book project now.