Yesterday I finished prepping the Primitive Gatherings’ ‘Home For the Holidays’ wool blocks. They will provide me with lots of hand stitching to do while traveling South to the Palm Springs area NEXT month!
I thought that you might like to see how a poor soul transfers a pattern when they don’t own a light box…:o( Yes, poor me!
I take my sewing machine table top…the one that clips onto my sewing machine and slip a book under each leg to raise the height of the table…
This is so that I can open up my Ottlite and slide the light under the table…(I know… not a great pic but you get the idea!) I bought a Tap Light for this purpose but found it doesn’t have enough juice to illuminate through the thick paper.. but the Ott is way more powerful!
Now I can see the whole outline of the printing and angel…OK not a very clear picture but again, you get the idea. Trust me, in real life I can see the angel and the printing.
If you are a regular reader than you saw me prep the wool applique motifs HERE. They have been glued together and I can handle them without having them fall apart.
Remember I am going to be working with these in our truck and can’t have them falling apart, so a wee dab will do …Roxanne’s Glue to the rescue! (I make sure to dab where I won’t be stitching, so I am careful not to go too close to the edges!)
The Ottlite worked so well that I could see through the wool to mark off my stitching lines on the wool candy canes! SWEET!
I ended up using two different pens…only because the Micron 01 was running out of ink. The Sharpie fine tipped pen worked great…maybe even better and it’s a lot cheaper than the Micron. Both are permanent ink pens so you have to be careful. They leave a nice, very fine line that will get covered with the Valdani threads.
See nice and clear and easy to see!
I don’t use the Fixion Pilot Pens because I don’t want the ink to disappear accidently (it’s happened) and I find the stitching line is thicker.
So there you have…all ready to roll!! Now remember, I am NO EXPERT! Your way is probably WAY better, easier, faster, cheaper, neater…etc…so please SHARE with us how YOU do it! We are always open to suggestions and improvements!
Ohhh…I am loving these blocks! They are now safely tucked into a plastic tote, along with matching threads, needles and scissors…all ready for their adventures south! Can’t wait to get stitching…
Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Stitching!~P