Reproducing digital artwork in embroidery isn’t hard if you follow these simple steps. I’ll show you how using the fffffatlab text.
Step #1: Trace your artwork.Next
- If you're using a light-colored fabric, you may be able to trace directly on the fabric. In this case, I'm using a very opaque canvas fabric, so I had to first trace the design on paper, directly from my computer screen.
- Don't use a drawing implement that requires too much pressure or that will bleed through onto your monitor. A regular ballpoint pen works just fine.
Step #2: Chalk it up.Next
- If you traced your design directly onto your fabric, skip this step.
- Turn your paper template over and apply chalk or conti crayon to the back (in a color that will be visible on your fabric).
- Shake off the dust and place the paper template on your fabric.
- Trace over the design with a dull pencil or ballpoint pen, transferring the lines of the design onto your fabric.
- Be careful not to touch it too much after this, as the chalk will rub off with your touch.
Step #3: Start embroidering.Next
- Stretch your fabric in your embroidery hoop.
- Select your floss color and get started.
- Use whatever stitches you feel are appropriate, and don't be afraid to experiment. I used the satin stitch for these.
- It may be helpful to keep your reference image up on your monitor so you can keep track of small details that might have been lost in the tracing transfer.
- When finished, take your fabric out of the hoop and shake off any remaining chalk.
- Iron out the creases from the hoop.
Step #4: Create a backing (optional).
- This step is optional, but gives a nice finished look to your patch.
- Cut a rectangle of your backing fabric with about a 3/8" border seam allowance all around your patch.
- Press in a 1/4" fold on all sides. Trim the corners at a 45° angle passing through the intersection of the two ironed creases.
- Iron in another 1/4" fold, turning under the first fold you made.
- Press in the corners so that the edge of the crease intersects the new corner intersecting folds, then press in the sides again.
- You should end up with nice mitered corners.
- Place the patch inside this frame and topstitch around all edges for a nice complete patch.