Wednesday, February 17, 2010


This past weekend I finished reading Embroidery Masterworks by Virginia Churchill Bath. I mentioned that I was intrigued by her constant mention of sugar transfers. Here it is, in brief:

Sugar transfer method for delicate fabric
Make a simple syrup with two-parts sugar and 1-part boiling water. The book has a lot of warnings about heating the solution to dissolve the sugar (you don't want to make candy or thicken it too much), so it seems better to me to just go with boiling the water and stir it until the sugar dissolves. It should be a thin syrup.

Mix in a small amount of tempera paint in a color that will show up on the fabric.

Trace your design onto good quality tracing paper.

With a brush handled “delicately but accurately,” paint over the lines of the pattern on the back of the tracing paper design. The design must be painted carefully—what you paint, thick or thin, is what will transfer.

Allow this to dry thoroughly, at least one hour. Place fabric right side up on an ironing board and make sure it’s smooth. Place tracing paint side down, centered on the fabric.

Transfer by pressing with a hot, dry iron. Lift and place the iron—don’t slide it (good practice for any type of transfer).
I have not tried it.
This book also has an interesting stitch guide—with some unusual stitches like plaited braid. I need to remember that.

1 comment:

Kim B said...

That's intriguing! You'll have to let us know if you give it a try!