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Transfer a Design to Fabric Using the Tracing Paper Method
Transferring a Design to Fabric Using the Tracing Paper Transfer Method

Materials needed, and the traced pattern, ready for use.

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The tracing paper transfer method of marking an embroidery design on fabric (sometimes referred to as thread tracing) uses lightweight issue or tracing paper that you have marked with your pattern. It's a great way to transfer a design to fabric without actually marking the fabric.

This makes this technique well-suited for use on delicate or non-washable fabrics, because you will not have to mark the fabric permanently, or wash out any markings later like you would with the other Five common Embroidery Transfer Methods. The marked lines stay on the paper and are not transferred to the fabric.

This method works well on fabrics such as silk, fine wool, leather, angora or dry-clean only fabrics. Because the tissue also acts as a stabilizer, it also works well on delicate or gauzy fabrics and netting (but use caution when removing the tissue, so you don't tear the delicate fabric).

Getting Ready to Transfer:

Materials needed for this method of transferring an embroidery design include a sheet of tracing paper or tissue, a pencil, thread to baste the tissue in place on the fabric and your pattern (the pattern shown here will soon make its debut in the Redwork Alphabet Pattern Series, in the pattern for the letter T).

To make the paper transfer, trace the design from the pattern directly onto the tracing paper. Then, cut the design from the tracing paper about an inch from the edges.

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