How do I transfer PDF patterns?
As there are many methods, the answer depends on what I'm going to do with the pattern. If I'm going to make hoop art, I will print the pattern directly onto the fabric using freezer paper and my inkjet or laser printer. This way I get a super fine, clean line to stitch on. That's my favorite way! If the pattern is going onto something that won't fit into the printer I will either use a light transfer method (where you tape the pattern and fabric on a bright window and trace the design with a #2 pencil. Any lines you make in this way should be covered with stitching) or I will print the design onto Fabri-Solvy - which is a self-adhesive fabric like stabilizer. Fabri-Solvy is great for stitching on darker fabrics or on knits. Once the stitching is done, the stabilizer washes away.
Are your patterns available in formats other than PDF?
Yes! I'm expanding my product line to include Iron-on transfers. You can see which patterns are available in the PDF section of my shop.
Can I sell items I make with your patterns?
All of my designs are of my own making and I would ask that you respect that copy-write. If you are interested in licensing a design to stitch and sell please contact me.
Where can I learn hand embroidery?
There are literally thousands of websites online to help you learn every stitch you can imagine. There are also great books out there. One of my personal favorites is The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden . The best way to learn new stitches is to try them out. Never be afraid to grab that needle and get at it - even if your stitches aren't perfect, every stitch can be considered skill building.
How long does it take you to design and stitch a pattern?
The design process is actually quite a bit more involved than one would imagine. I begin with a rough sketch on paper, which then becomes a rough sketch on the computer. Once I like the design I transfer it and then stitch it. The design process doesn't end there though. It often happens that the stitched piece ends up differently than I intended and I have to go back and rework the pattern to match the stitching. There are also times that I stitch free-hand and then reverse engineer the pattern from that finished piece.
The actual stitching portion is my favorite part and that can and does take literally hours. As an example, a 4" botanical embroidery hoop that I stitched recently took me over 8 hours of stitching. (I mostly keep track of time in Netflix episode installments - so a piece may take me 6 Midsomer Murders or maybe 8 Gilmore Girls. ;)
What kind of materials do you use?
I really enjoy stitching on a cotton/linen blend, but I have used plain muslin, 100% linen, Kona cotton, Osnaburg, denim, canvas, and knit. I also prefer cotton thread, but have experimented with wool and linen thread. I like the textures you can achieve with these threads, though they are generally more expensive than regular cotton floss. I have yet to use Silk - but I have seen some in colors that are truly drool-worthy! You can stitch on anything though. I've seen embroidered egg shells, leaves, wicker chairs, and wood.
Do you accept custom orders?
Due to time constraints I'm not able to accept custom orders at this time.
Do you sell your patterns wholesale?
Iron-on Transfer patterns are available for wholesale - please contact me for more infomration.
I have other questions that you haven't covered. Can I email you?
Yes! You can use the contact form listed at the top of this page to get in touch.