Most surface embroidery is done by following a design or pattern, so the trick is knowing how to transfer a design to fabric so you can then fill in or embroider over the lines of the design with a needle and thread. There are a number of ways to do this – here are three easy ones:
Trace using a pen/cil
This is the easiest method, especially if you don’t have a lot of embroidery supplies. There are lots of options out there when it comes to pens and pencils: fabric markers from haberdasheries, water-soluble markers, Frixion erasable pens, ballpoint pens, pencils, chalk pencils… You’ll have to try a few to see what works best for you. Ultimately, as long as you can cover all the lines with embroidery, it’ll be okay!
I use a pencil, the old-school type that you have to sharpen. This way, I can keep the point really sharp to draw as fine a line as possible, one that will be easily covered with thread.
Print your design and tape it to a lightbox or a window.
Then tape your fabric over the printed design, positioning the design where you want it, and trace over it on to the fabric.
Double check that you’ve traced on all the design elements before removing the fabric from the lightbox or window.
Madi teVelde shows you how to transfer a design by taping it to a window: