How to transfer embroidery designs onto fabric: 3 ways (+ giveaway!)

If you’ve ever wondered how to transfer embroidery designs onto fabric, you’re in luck—we’ve got three easy ways to share with you today!

The how-to comes from Lunch-Hour Embroidery, a book packed with more than 75 cute motifs to embroider, plus the entire alphabet in both capital and lowercase letters. The illustrations are easy to enlarge or reduce, and you can transfer them to clothing, linens, bags, and more. Mix and match motifs and letters to create one-of-a-kind embroidery projects like we did—check out what Martingale staffers and friends have made from the book so far:

Best of all, you need only learn 10 basic embroidery stitches to create every motif in the book. Sweet!


More embroidery motifs from the book

Now, here’s that how-to . . . experiment with all three methods to find your favorite.

TRANSFERRING DESIGNS TO FABRIC

Excerpt from Lunch-Hour Embroidery

There are a number of ways to transfer embroidery designs to your project fabric. You can research online tutorials for more details about each method.

Tracing with a light source.
For thin or light-colored fabrics, trace the design onto tissue or copy paper, then darken (but don’t thicken) the traced lines with a fine-point black marker. Place your fabric on top of the traced design and lightly trace the design lines with a pencil or water-erasable marker. If you have trouble seeing the design lines through the fabric, you can tape the design paper and fabric to a window so that the light source makes the lines visible. And if you have a lightbox, transferring designs is a snap, even with dark fabrics.

Heat-transfer pencil.
Similar to the technique above, you’ll trace the motif onto tracing or copy paper with a special heat-transfer pencil. (For asymmetrical or one-way designs, you’ll need to reverse the design before you trace it.) Flip over the tracing paper so that the image side is down, place it on your project fabric, and press with dry heat until the image transfers, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy wash-away stabilizer.
A water-soluble stabilizer is perfect for dark fabrics (and all other fabrics, too) and allows you to trace the design and adhere it right on top of the embroidery fabric. This stabilizer is thin and has an adhesive back that you can reposition. Embroider right through the stabilizer, then dissolve it in warm water, following the manufacturer’s directions. You can even run sheets of stabilizer through a laser printer!


We love having options, don’t you?

Our friends at Lecien Fabrics sent us a lovely bundle of Cosmos embroidery floss to give away to one lucky winner today:

To enter to win the floss and a copy of Lunch-Hour Embroidery, tell us in the comments:

How do you typically transfer embroidery motifs to fabric?

  • Light source
  • Heat-transfer pencil
  • Wash-away stabilizer
  • I’ve found another way . . . and I’ll share it in the comments!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’d like to start a new embroidery project right away, order Lunch-Hour Embroidery at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Dottie, who says:

“I use a light source, or light-colored background fabric that I can see through! Would love to try the washable stabilizer.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Dottie—congratulations!


511 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I use a light source I found at a garage sale. It basically is a framed glass with food down legs. It stands up high enough that I can either out a light under it or use natural light.

    —Sandy Allen on June 1, 2018
  • I have used all three methods, it just depends on the fabric (background) that I am using. Embroidery has been a favorite way to express my feelings, creativity since I was 5. My mother taught me how to embroider just before my sister was born and I’ve been hooked every since.

    Christine P on June 1, 2018
  • I use my window as a light source. I need to improve my method!

    —stephanie box on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Anne Welker on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source with a washable pen or pencil. If the item is very dense or dark and a light source will not work, I prefer using a washaway stabilizer.

    —Judi Reiss on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source, either a window or glass coffee table with light mounted below. It works and is inexpensive. Thanks for the other tips.

    —Judy C on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source that I bought at a yard sale, It woks really well.

    —Joanne O'Neal on June 1, 2018
  • I like to use my light box for some embroidery transfers. I also use Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy wash-away stabilizer. I had never heard of the Heat-Transfer Pencil Method. Thanks so much for sharing that information.

    —Pam Bent on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source.

    —Robin M. on June 1, 2018
  • Would love to learn how to learn a new technique

    —Donna Davies on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source if I want an exact coy of a pattern, but I also sketch a design directly onto the fabric.

    Gail on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source, but I am happy to learn about other methods so I can use darker fabrics!

    —Robin on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Carolyn on June 1, 2018
  • I have always used a light box. Love hand work!

    —Linda O’Connor on June 1, 2018
  • I am partial to using the red transfer pencil, but after reading may give the wash away stabilizer a try…Old dog, new tricks..Pshaw!

    —Jill Hogan on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source or heat transfer pencil.

    —Kay on June 1, 2018
  • I use dressmaker transfer paper or trace with graphite pencil on the back of paper, position on fabric with graphite down, and trace again.

    —Betty nelson on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source – light box or window.

    —Sandy Ralston on June 1, 2018
  • I use graphite paper to transfer my designs. It leave a light mark.

    —Melinda on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source.

    —Judith Martinez on June 1, 2018
  • I have a light box that I transfer designs with.

    —Debbie on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Diane P. on June 1, 2018
  • most of the time I use a light source. Recently I tried the Sulky with a black wool background – didn’t mind it too much. I’m planning on trying the white Clover pen that Lisa Bongean recommends

    —Suzanne Kuhns on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source-my husband made me a light box or I use a window.

    —Sandy Ralston on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Pam Gantz on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Kris on June 1, 2018
  • Light source. I own a light box. Love it.

    —Colette on June 1, 2018
  • I use my window… And sometimes the transfer pencil.

    —Gisella zapata on June 1, 2018
  • I use the heat transfer. I like doing my own designs.

    —Judy Thompson on June 1, 2018
  • I use a window pane as a light source.

    —Stephanie L. on June 1, 2018
  • I have a glass coffee table and I place a light under the table, use masking tape to hold down design, then tape down fabric on top and trace.

    —Lucy on June 1, 2018
  • I am partial to using the red transfer pencil, but after reading the post I think I should give the wash away stabilizer a try….old dog, new tricks…Pshaw!

    —Jill Hogan on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box to transfer embroidered designs using a lead pencil.

    —Kay L Butler on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box or windox. I have shied away from embroidering onto thick or card fabrics. Helpful ideas, thank you!

    —Laura Greig on June 1, 2018
  • Definitely use a light source- my living room window! I love embroidery! Thank you for the chance to win this great book!

    —Kerry on June 1, 2018
  • Lately, I have been using a light box and Micro pen the color of the embroidery (I have been doing a lot of redwork and blackwork). When I was learning as a child, we used the iron-on. I have some of Aunt Martha’s patterns, but have not reach that project yet. The piles are getting somewhat smaller….

    —Janet on June 1, 2018
  • My coffee table has a glass top, a small lamp fits underneath to make a light box.

    —Tamara I. on June 1, 2018
  • I most often use a light box. When the fabric is too dark to see regular markings, I use the wash away stabilizer. I find the Micron Pigma pens with a fine tip and sepia color a good marking tool. The design is very fine lines that are easily covered over by the embroidery stitches.

    —pamela green on June 1, 2018
  • At about 6 years old embroidery was my first introduction into fabric crafts. My mom bought me a preprinted tea towel, showed me the basic stitch, and I was hooked. I felt so creative. My usual form of transfer would be using a light source (usually a window) but it is good to have other options. I still have the transfer sheets of designs I purchased years ago – I should try to see if they still work.

    —Lynn Darcy on June 1, 2018
  • I was taught to use dressmaker transfer paper to trace the design onto my fabric.

    —Sandi K. on June 1, 2018
  • Thanks for the info. I have a pattern I would like to add to a tote bag, and your suggestions are timely.

    Jocelyn on June 1, 2018
  • I like to use a light source, and the heat-transfer pencil. Depending on the project. Thanks for the great tips.

    —Janie McCombs on June 1, 2018
  • I often use newsmakers tracing paper.

    —Karen A on June 1, 2018
  • I use tracing paper or stabilizer to transfer patterns.

    —Kathy Hendrick on June 1, 2018
  • i use a light box but before i got one i used the window and painter’s tape.

    —carolyn montgomery on June 1, 2018
  • I use a lightbox to trace major shapes and only mark the flower centers and stems as I like a more random look.

    —Regina Harris on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box.

    —Peggy Bibb on June 1, 2018
  • I like to use a light source, and a heat-transfer pencil.
    Thanks for all of the great tips!

    —Janie McCombs on June 1, 2018
  • I purchased a light box not too long ago and I love it. Using a window was getting difficult for me to see clearly.

    —Jean N. on June 1, 2018
  • I use light source.

    —Janet Flugum on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source to trace when I’m using a morgan hoop. I use Sticky Fabri-Solvey when the fabric is too dense or dark. Then I don’t need a hoop. It is stable enough.

    —Sandra on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source, a glass door or window.

    —Linda on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source, usually a glass door or window.

    —Linda on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source but love these other ideas!

    —Jamie Graham on June 1, 2018
  • I have used all three techniques but like light source the best. I can make changes…..I have had a professional light box for probably 45+ years. I was a dual major with art and life sciences in college. I did a lot of scientific drawings. Embroidery has been with me for longer than I have owned light boxes! The old iron ones were perfect for a young girl.

    The book looks fun. Thanks for the introduction and chance to win it

    Jane Modjeski

    —MJ Modjeski on June 1, 2018
  • This book looks great and I do a lot of different crafts O could use the designs on. I would love to win it. Thank you.

    Linda on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source that was originally a flatbed scanner that I modified.

    —MARY MALHEIM on June 1, 2018
  • I started using the Wash away stabilizer when Alyssa of “Penguin and Fish” was doing her Splendid Sampler blocks on YouTube. Previously I had used both the iron on pencil, tracing on a light box, and using a wash away pen. The only problem I have with the wash away stabilizer is the residue that is sometimes hard to rinse out of heavy stitching.

    —Jean Blythe on June 1, 2018
  • When I transfer small designs, I use my light box. For larger designs I use the wash away stabilizer.

    —Amy Cofer on June 1, 2018
  • I use red transfer pencil

    —Rita Lusk on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source (usually the window). I have also used glad wrap, which does work. This book looks like so much fun!!

    —Carol Collier on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source, usually a glass door or a window.

    —Linda on June 1, 2018
  • window light

    —Helen on June 1, 2018
  • I am lucky to have a wafer thin light box to transfer designs. I have used many different methods over the years to transfer designs! Love to win this prize!

    —Diane HELLER on June 1, 2018
  • I have an excellent light tablet which can read through most fabrics.

    —Jane on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve tried all three methods but usually go back to tracing with a light source. Embroidery is one of my favorite ways to relax.

    —Patti on June 1, 2018
  • I haven’t done any embroidery in years, but want to start again. In the past, I used iron on transfers. I have a light box, so would probably use that method to transfer patterns.

    —Deb G. in VA on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source but I’m happy to try some alternatives.

    —Ellie Lively on June 1, 2018
  • Usually use a light box but have been known to use heat transfer pencil.

    —Joan K on June 1, 2018
  • I am a traditional quilter and have not really ventured into the world of embroidery! I have so many ideas swirling in my head that I would love to try with some of these cute patterns!

    Judy Paiva on June 1, 2018
  • I transfer quick designs using a light source, and more complex projects using wash-away stabilizer. Both techniques work very well for me.

    —Linda B on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box to transfer designs.

    —Judy on June 1, 2018
  • I have a light box that works well.

    —ELAINE L on June 1, 2018
  • Easiest ever: printing on wash-away stabilizer.

    Using the printer gets all of the detail and can be sized to fit project.

    Also can draw manually for these small simple images –

    —Virginia on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box and thin-line pencil to transfer embroidery lines to fabric.

    —Nancy Thone on June 1, 2018
  • I just purchased a light box. It makes transferring embroidery designs so easy!

    —Nancy on June 1, 2018
  • I generally use a light source.

    —Lynette Wilson on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve use the light box on light background fabric. Darker background fabric is more of a challenge. Have used wash a way stabilizers, tulle, tissue paper, and transfer pencils. always looking for a better method.. thanks for the opportunity to win this great giveaway!!!!

    —Nancy Johnson on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source as well Interesting on the comments!

    —Sunnie on June 1, 2018
  • I use a homemade light box. Before that I used the light from a window… Love this sweet book of motifs!

    —Kate on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source but would love to try solvy in the printer!

    —Lori Lemmers on June 1, 2018
  • I always use a light source, usually a window. Works for me and the price is right. If there is a better way, let me know. I am always interested.

    Angela Bowling on June 1, 2018
  • I normally draw a design on using a pencil, by either placing the fabric over a ready made pattern to copy it, sometimes using a light source or drawing a simple design by freehand. I have just bought some washable fabric pens to try out, and I think i need to invest in a proper light box at some point too.

    —Joanne S. on June 1, 2018
  • These motifs are adorable. My window is my light source – not so good on cloudy days(ha).

    —Terri on June 1, 2018
  • If I cannot free hand draw the design to my liking I use a light box. Would love to win this give-away. Thanks for the opportunity. The book looks great!

    —Lynn jarzombeck on June 1, 2018
  • Light source

    —Kaye Walker on June 1, 2018
  • I use a chalk pencil, sometimes a regular pencil if I am drawing it myself..

    —Karen on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source of some kind, a light box or tape
    The material to the window if the sun is out.
    Thank you for the additional information. It is very useful.
    Would love to win this contest!!

    —Lisa on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box as long as the fabric is light enough.

    —Kathy R on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box

    —LM Newman on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used all three methods, but usually use the light source, since I mostly use dark fabric. The photocopier method is great for detailed designs that would take forever to trace.

    —Mona on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source. So far that has worked best.

    —Susan on June 1, 2018
  • My husband made me a custom light box. (I am so lucky.)

    —Cindy on June 1, 2018
  • I have a wonderful light box that I use most of the time. On dark fabric though I use the transfer fabric that you stitch through.

    —Susans Wadsen on June 1, 2018
  • I have always used a heat transfer pencil or bought a design from a Company that can be ironed on the fabric.

    Cynthia Fedak on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box I have. I used to do it on a window!

    —Delinda on June 1, 2018
  • I tape my fabric and picture to the glass on my French door. I’m excited to get this book and get started!

    —Karen on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used a light source but never thought about wash away stabilizer. That’s what I will try next!

    —Janice on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box and I also have some really old embroidery patterns from my mom that you just iron on.

    —Esther Koepp on June 1, 2018
  • I use wash away stabilizer or a light box. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —MoeWest on June 1, 2018
  • It’s been years since I did embroidery, and then I used fabrics with a printed pattern. I love the idea of the flexibility of transferring your own pattern onto any fabric, and would love to learn more. So my answer is "None of the above" but ready to learn!

    —Carol on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source, usually a window!

    Chrisknits on June 1, 2018
  • I generally use a light source, especially on cotton and linen fabrics. I have used wash-away stabilizer when stitching lettering on wool.

    —Susan Israel on June 1, 2018
  • I have never transferred before,
    will have to try one of the methods!

    —laura mitchell on June 1, 2018
  • I use my light desk that my daughter in law bought me on clearance. Works great!

    —Rosemarie Graham on June 1, 2018
  • My favorite way is heat transfer. I do have a light source I use also which seems to be getting more and more use lately!

    —Crystal on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source, a box I bought at an estate sale. I share it with family and friends. When I was a child our mom taught us to hold the picture up to a sunny window and then trace.

    —Blanche Lozar on June 1, 2018
  • light box

    —Kathy Adams on June 1, 2018
  • I am so lucky, my husband made a custom light box for me.

    —Cindy on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light box but this unfortunately doesn’t work on all fabrics. I am excited to try the heat transfer pen. Thanks for the information

    —Donna M on June 1, 2018
  • light souce

    —Kathy Adams on June 1, 2018
  • Because I do a lot of machine embroidery I use a lot of Sulky’s wash away stabilizer. I’ve found this is also the easiest way to transfer designs for hand embroidery.

    —Nelda Mohr on June 1, 2018
  • I haven’t transferred designs and I’m glad to see the different methods.

    —Ann D on June 1, 2018
  • My husband made me a custom light box.

    —Cindy on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box to transfer on cottons and light colored fabrics. To transfer onto wool or dark colored fabrics, I use Press and Seal. I embroider though the Press and Seal then snip close to the stitching and pull away.

    Kristie on June 1, 2018
  • I use a heat infused fabric to transfer my design.

    —beth d. on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used the heat transfer method and tracing paper with a wheel.

    —Stephanie on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box my husband made for me.

    —Cindy on June 1, 2018
  • I use a window as my light source. For smaller things I use the lightbox app on my ipad.

    —Brenda on June 1, 2018
  • Light source. Window on a sunny day until I found a light box for $10 in a garage sale. Haven’t worked on dark fabrics.

    —ADKKate on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source to trace it or a heat transfer pen. This book looks fun with lots of cute motifs.

    —Chris on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box.

    —Judy Sanders on June 1, 2018
  • I have a small light box but on larger designs I will use the window. Redwork is one of my favorite things to do. I can prop my feet up – usually with my cat on my legs – and just stitch away. No worries about an accurate 1/4″ seam or matching seams, just stitch away. I do use a thin batting on the back, it allows me to carry thread over, usually no more than 1/2″ without worrying about it being seen. When the pieces are sewn together, the thin batting gives the piece a little more poof. Thank for the opportunity to win such a wonderful prize.

    —Connie in Florissant on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source with a Pigma pen.

    —Lynda Malloy on June 1, 2018
  • For dark fabric, I trace the pattern onto the interfacing with the red dots—the interfacing you use for tracing patterns when garment sewing. I trace it using a sharpie. And then place it on the fabric and use the Sewline pencil with the white chalk. There is a tutorial with pictures on my blog, liveacolorfullife.net

    Cindy on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source. I bought heat transfer pencils but was not thrilled with the result and stabilizer is one more thing in my hoop. I would love to win this combination.

    JaniceCarole Allen on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box and sometime the glass door.

    —Cinda Thompson on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box.

    —MADELINE BLOOM on June 1, 2018
  • I like to use my light box for transferring designs. I love to embroidery. It is my quiet time. Thank you for your give-away!

    —Dottie on June 1, 2018
  • As a young girl you were able to buy items to embroider already stamped! I just joined a knit and stitch group and since I normally quilt and sew by machine I used a light box to transfer motifs to fabric so I was able to stitch along with the group of ladies. Thank you for sharing.

    —Denise Sunderland on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box and sometime the glass doors.

    —Cinda Thompson on June 1, 2018
  • I have a wonderful light box that I use.

    —Jan on June 1, 2018
  • I use the window in my sewing room as a light source, but the wash away stabilizer is a brilliant idea! I love that Martingale is featuring slow sewing ideas. I’m tired of the emphasis on pre-cuts and speedy finishes. It seems to take away from enjoying the process of sewing, which to me, should be paramount.

    —Bette on June 1, 2018
  • Light source for a light background, but often for dark backgrounds I use Press & Seal.

    —Cathy B. on June 1, 2018
  • I have an old X-ray film light box to use as a light source. but the transfer pen sounds like something to research. Years ago when I was doing much embroidery I actually moved from designs that needed transferring to my own free form designs. It is fun to see how techniques resurface and become popular again.

    Joanne Moorehead on June 1, 2018
  • I love embroidery. I typically use a light source to trace the design, but I think next time I may try the wash away stabilizer. I’ve had my eye on this book – looks like a winner!

    —Pat S. on June 1, 2018
  • Using a light box has solved my dilemma of holding the piece up to the window. Love the designs in this book. Thank you.

    —Ellen Ransford on June 1, 2018
  • I use a dark pencil and usual end up taping up to the window.

    Sherry fox on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source, but I have tried the wash away product, which is great for darker backgrounds.

    —Virginia Worden on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source. However, have used an iron away transparent stableizer before, and it worked great. I love the hedgehog in the book!

    —Marilynn on June 1, 2018
  • I have tried the light source & heat transfer pencil, but not the third method, although I would love to try it!!

    —Sandy Vanya on June 1, 2018
  • I have always used a light box. I am going to try the other methods. They look interesting

    —Jacqui Sproul on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source. Love this sweet book!

    —Becky Bynum on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source most of the time. Those threads look yummy!

    —Karen D Martin on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box. I have been embroidery for many years. My girlfriend showed me when I was young.
    I wish I could win. Thank you.

    —Mary Hickey on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box, that I bought years ago on sale. Comes in very handy!!

    —Suzanne on June 1, 2018
  • I always trace embroidery patterns using a light box. I have tried using the wash away stabilizer and do not like it at all.

    —Sharron on June 1, 2018
  • Lately I use a light box but the stabilizer method looks like one I will try. My very first embroidery project was an iron-on and mom accidently transferred the puppy face onto grandma’s ironing board. Oops. Guess one needs to be careful on which side you place to the fabric 🙂 I was just 5 and it’s still a favorite memory.

    Mary on June 1, 2018
  • I use my kitchen window where I have my ironing board set up. Tape the design to the window, overlay the fabric, use a sharp pencil, resting my elbows on the ironing board, I trace away. I *love* to embroider.

    —Robin in New Jersey on June 1, 2018
  • Wash away stabilizer is a dream- especially if you can print directly from a computer…does this book offer the option to download patterns? … could be a very helpful option…Kindle edition?

    —Cheryl on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box to transfer embroidery patterns (and many other patterns, a light box is more useful than I thought it would be and I am glad I have one). Thanks!

    —Joanne on June 1, 2018
  • I have used both a light box and a transfer pencil depending on the project but after reading about the stabilizer I just may try that. Thanks so much.

    —Dorothy on June 1, 2018
  • A light box is the only method that I use to transfer a design but would welcome a new method.

    —Evelyn Shedlock on June 1, 2018
  • I use my window as a light source! My neighbors probably wonder what in the world I’m doing! It works for me, but I want to try the transfer pencil. I love embroidery and I’m out of projects. This book would keep me busy!

    —Becky Hooper on June 1, 2018
  • I use my kitchen window also. Good idea from Robin in New Jersey about resting elbows on something. Only problem with the window is that arms get tired.

    —Sharon K on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use the light source method.

    —Rita Long on June 1, 2018
  • I use my light box to transfer designs. also use stabilizer under the embroidery.

    —Pat Terry on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve always used my window, but I’d love to try the stabilizer.

    —Jane on June 1, 2018
  • I love embroidery, my grandmother taught me how when I was about 8 years old. I sometimes use a light pencil or fabric transfer marker that I use for quilting. But recently I have been using the Sulky stabilizer and I love it! I would love to have a copy of this book and the embroidery floss is so pretty. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this fantastic prize giveaway.

    —Maria Longoria on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box for all my embroidery.

    —Kathleen McQuiggin on June 1, 2018
  • Thank you for the give-away. I have used all three sources; in the past two years I have used mainly the Sulky Fabri-Solvy wash-away stabilizer. It is so easy to use, and it gives the embroidery fabric some additional stability that is very helpful for detailed projects.
    I have been embroidering since I was 10 or 11; now in my late 60’s and still love to hand-embroider.

    —Laurel Smith on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Janet Wiener on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box for all of my sewing transfers.

    —Kim Brownell on June 1, 2018
  • Hi there! I have used both a light box and the stabilizer paper. I like using them both, but the stabilizer is super easy and for complicated designs running the pattern through my printer makes the process a breeze! This looks like a wonderful book. Would love to win it 🙂

    —Jeanne Nordquist on June 1, 2018
  • I use Sulky washaway.. and love it.. I was introduced to it by Robin Kingsley. Thank you for sharing your goods!

    —Kim Pebley on June 1, 2018
  • I would love to do more, so learning other techniques is helpful. So far light transferring has worked for my few projects.

    —Jenny on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source. Beautiful threads. Love the designs in the book! : )

    —Sheila Fernkopf on June 1, 2018
  • I used to use a bright sunny window, but have graduated to a light table. Love the book!

    —Kathy on June 1, 2018
  • I use a window as a light source. I tape it all to the window using painters tape.

    —Cathy on June 1, 2018
  • I have a light box.

    —Margaret Dalmer on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box for my embroidery.

    —Kathleen McQuiggin on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve always used my windows as a light source. Works well for me since I live in California. 😊

    —Susan on June 1, 2018
  • I have taped my pattern and fabric up to a window before to transfer… especially if it is a larger project… I also have used a glass table top and a lamp under the table ….

    —Heather on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box or a window to transfer designs but I never knew there was a heat transfer pencil. I am constantly learning .

    —Ondrea on June 1, 2018
  • My husband found an old advertising lighted box and turned it into a light box for me. It works great.

    —Marsha Nelson on June 1, 2018
  • I use both a light source (usually a window) and Sulky transfer sheets ~ depending upon the design.

    —Diana DeWitt on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve only tried the light source, aka the window, but I think I will have to try another way, too!

    —Diane on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source, a glass door or window.

    —Linda on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source. However, before tracing the design, I Iron on freezer paper to the back of my tea towel to stabilize the fabric. After tracing just peal off the freezer paper which can be used multiple times. Then the fun begins!!!

    —Rosemary Parnell on June 1, 2018
  • I Like heat transfer pencils, or just draw my own designs onto the fabric!

    —Kathy on June 1, 2018
  • I use the window or a friend’s light box. Love doing Hand embroidery as it is very relaxing to me. The book looks great.

    —Loisjean Radomski on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source. It seems to work the best for me.

    —SherryG on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source…my window!

    —shari K. on June 1, 2018
  • Light box

    —Sherry Starr on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used dressmaking transfer paper as well as heat transfer pencil for transferring embroidery designs to fabric. The color of the fabric decides which method I use.

    —Carole Plourde on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use light source to transfer my designs to fabric.
    However I’ve found it does not work so easily with heavy fabrics, I think I might try one of the ones you recommend.
    Thanks!

    —Maria del C Martinez V on June 1, 2018
  • I typically use a light box, but in a rare moment of insanity (and to my later regret because I wind up with a gummy, difficult to push needle) I will use the Fabri-Solvy. Although I have lots of floss, you can never have enough or too much, and I’d love to be the lucky recipient of the generous give-away.

    —SandyMay on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box for my transfers.

    —Velva on June 1, 2018
  • I make a stencil by needle punching a paper design with my sewing machine needle (no thread). Then I can use a chalk pounce to drop chalk into the perforations. The stencil is then reusable, and the chalk doesn’t leave permanent marks on the fabric.

    —Teri on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box for my embroidery.

    —Velva on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used all 3. Choice depends on project/fabric. My least favorite is the transfer pencil, though, because of its permancy.

    —penny d on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used all 3. Choice is made based on project/fabric. Least favorite has been transfer pencil because it is usually permanent.

    —penny d on June 1, 2018
  • As a child, I remember the patterns that you purchased then ironed onto your project – usually a tea towel. Then I moved to light box. Now I use the Solvy sheets and I love them! Thank you, Bird Brain Designs for showing me this method.

    —Brenda C on June 1, 2018
  • I use a wafer light box or heat transfer pen. This bundle is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win it!!

    —Christine Elkin on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used all 3. Choice depends on project/fabric. Transfer pencil is least favorite because it is usually permanent.

    —pennyd on June 1, 2018
  • The easiest and quickest way I have found is by a light box. But am open to any other suggestions.

    —Susan Anderson on June 1, 2018
  • I use wash away stablizer

    —Jo Ososkie on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Lesley on June 1, 2018
  • I always use a light box and pigma pens to transfer designs to fabric for embroidery. I have several colors of pigma pens and have used multiple colors on one piece depending on the floss colors I plan to use.

    —Joyce A Scanes on June 1, 2018
  • I either use a light box or the water soluble stabilizer, but sometimes the water soluble stabilzer leaves a dark shadow on my fabric. Haven’t figured that out yet.

    —Susan on June 1, 2018
  • A light source is a great way to transfer a pattern. But most times I will draw it freehand keeping it very simple. The fun part of my designs comes from the layers of different stitches. And of course the colors.

    —Laurel Burns on June 1, 2018
  • I have a wonderful light box that I prefer to use, along with a very fine Pigma pen in brown. Love embroidering on dish towel, and linen to frame.

    —Caren Sherman on June 1, 2018
  • If I’m hand-embroidering i use a light source with a wash away marker. Reversing patterns is always a headache for me, so I do the easiest way possible. If I’m doing a motif by machine ( free motion embroidery) I use the wash-away stabilizer.

    —Linda Stokes on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light box.

    —Vickie Morgan on June 1, 2018
  • I use transfer pencils most often.

    —Betty Thiel on June 1, 2018
  • I have a light box.

    —Connie Hoffmeyer on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box.

    —Gale W. S. on June 1, 2018
  • I use a window.

    —Sue jones on June 1, 2018
  • I use the light box.

    —Karen on June 1, 2018
  • I used to use ‘saral’ transfer paper. Later on, I used a light box.

    —Laura on June 1, 2018
  • So far I have used heat transfer pencil-which ends up a bit blurry. Will be trying light source next in hope of getting a more precise line

    —Diana on June 1, 2018
  • I always use a light source. I would love to learn a new way to transfer designs.

    —Marty Askins on June 1, 2018
  • A light source – my light box & I love it!

    —Susan Spiers on June 1, 2018
  • I haven’t embroidered in years but have been wanting to start up again. I would use a light box and would love to win this package to get me started again!

    —Margery Redmer on June 1, 2018
  • I haven’t embroidered for quite awhile! But when I was, I would always transfer my pattern by poking pinholes in the paper, then spreading chalk dust or baby powder over the holes. When you take the paper away, there is a dotted outline of the design. You have to handle it carefully, because the dust/powder brushes away easily. On the other hand, it is really easy to redo if the marks disappear before you finish.

    Barbara Johnson on June 1, 2018
  • Wow! This looks like a great give-away. I have a new found love for embroidery and the beauty of the threads. Thr Transfer book looks to be very informative. Glad to be in on this one!

    Vicki Sweat on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    Joyce on June 1, 2018
  • I use a transfer pen,

    —Barb Miller on June 1, 2018
  • I discovered sticky Sulky washaway when I wanted to put a large embroidery on the back of a navy blue sweatshirt. It worked great!. No puckers or streaching of the knit fabric.

    —Susan Ovard on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source (window). Glad to hear about the other choices!

    —Susan Stanton on June 1, 2018
  • Like others I’ve used all three. Fave though is light box.

    —Denise on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box.

    —Pam G. on June 1, 2018
  • Light source mostly

    Bunny Hand on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box for my transferring.

    —Nancy Roraback on June 1, 2018
  • I am just getting into this type of crafting. I have a couple of quilt kits that require embroidery. These kits are safely tucked away in my closet waiting for just the right creative moment. I have used a light box for the transfer embroidery projects that I have done.

    Myra Katz on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a wash away stabilizer but I have a light box I use too. When I first started embroidery, I used my front door!

    —Jeanne Stout on June 1, 2018
  • I trace it with a light source. I trace my pattern with a black marker. then tape everything to my window and trace on fabric with a mechanical pencil. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway.

    Joyce Carter on June 1, 2018
  • I usually take everything to a window and trace it that way. Cute book!

    —Nyla-Jean on June 1, 2018
  • lol, i use a window as a light source 🙂

    Anita Jackson on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source to transfer my embroidery motifs but I’ll also use any other method that works for me.

    —Linda Webster on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source. I finally broke down and bought a very thin light box and I love it. For dark fabrics I have used washable stabilizer but I found it difficult to work with. However, it did make it easier to follow the pattern. I have used a white marking pencil but the lines became blurred with as I stitched. I am sure with practice I would find it easier.

    —Melissa Gerber on June 1, 2018
  • I USE a light VOX for transferring, or the Window

    Solvi alfnes on June 1, 2018
  • I use my not ninja skills and wing it………….uhmmm sometimes:) sometimes:(.

    —Margaret O'Reilly on June 1, 2018
  • I like using the printable stabilizer sheets but i’ve also used the old X-ray reading box at work to trace a few projects 🙂 I just love the look of hand embroidery. I would embroider everything if I could!!! 🙂

    —kellie curtis on June 1, 2018
  • I have done all three. I use the method best suited to the project. My mom had glass cutting boards that i thought were horrible for cutting food but add a flashlight and they make a great lightbox.

    —Diane S on June 1, 2018
  • I use light source

    —Regina chronistet on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve always used a light source, but I am intrigued by the heat transfer pencil

    —Andrea on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source.

    —Jean Dean on June 1, 2018
  • I always use a light source it’s the easiest way for me.

    —Hildy on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source to transfer onto fabric. Injavenalsomisednthe wash away Sticky Sulky! Works great! I would love to win!

    —Ellen Busch on June 1, 2018
  • Hi there! I would like to enter the giveaway!! The floss, thread and book all look divine!

    —Samantha Wills on June 1, 2018
  • Light source or in some cases Saral transfer paper.

    —Jeanette S on June 1, 2018
  • I use my light box or press and seal. Still looking for ways to mark on dark colored wool. I may try the Sulky Solvy if someone around here carries it. Thanks for this great great giveaway.

    —Liz Dyer on June 1, 2018
  • I’m just getting started with embroidery but it seems the light source method would be my favorite!

    —Lee on June 1, 2018
  • I use a lightbox to transfer images.

    —Cheryl R. on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source to transfer motifs onto fabric. Thank you for the opportunity!

    —Ann Brassell on June 1, 2018
  • A light box is what I normally use to transfer designs.

    —Marilyn Fite on June 1, 2018
  • Light source but plan to try the washable stabilizer technique.

    —Carol on June 1, 2018
  • Light source

    —Caroline eady on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —barb s on June 1, 2018
  • I prefer Sulky wash-away In combination with a light box or window.

    —chris on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box.

    —Janna on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light box to transfer designs but am open to new ideas!

    —Erin Earl on June 1, 2018
  • In the past I have used all those methods at one time or another. A light source and a good washable pen have always done me well.

    —Rebecca Wilson on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source to transfer designs. But always like to try new ways.

    —Marilynn Hagan on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source to transfer designs. But I like trying new methods.

    —Marilynn Hagan on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source. Thank you for the chance to win. Interesting subject too!

    —Mary Kastner on June 1, 2018
  • I use dress maker’s transfer paper. I hope to start embroidered kitchen towels for Christmas gifts soon. Would love to have this book in my library, thanks!

    —Virgi on June 1, 2018
  • I learned how to embroider from my mother when I was in junior high school. I’ve always used dress maker’s carbon paper. I hope to start embroidered kitchen towels for Christmas gifts soon. Would love to have this book in my library, thanks!

    —Virgi on June 1, 2018
  • I use dress maker’s carbon paper. I hope to start embroidered kitchen towels for Christmas gifts soon. Would love to have this book in my library, thanks!

    —Virgi on June 1, 2018
  • I have used all three methods of transfer and like the light box method best unless the design is small and complicated, samplers for example
    then I use the solve transfer paper copied on my printer. Am new to embroidery and love it. I am also a sewist, quilter. Knitter and needle pointer…love all handwork. Would love to win the prize

    —Susan Wilson on June 1, 2018
  • If the design is simple, I generally use a light source. Otherwise, I use the water soluable paper.

    —Jo Anne Hawks on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light box but would like to try the solvy technique

    —Kerry Grose on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light box, but I’m excited to try some of these other methods.

    —Cheryl Warstler on June 1, 2018
  • I have used an old light box with a florescent bulb that my father-in-law made many years ago. I am so excited because I just treated myself to a brand new light box by CutterPillar Glow. I am so excited to begin using this new light box! I would love to win this giveaway to really give my new light box a workout!

    —Ann West on June 1, 2018
  • I use wash-away stabilizer…love it!

    —Kathy K. on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source to transfer the designs.

    —Nancy on June 1, 2018
  • I’d love to start embroidery broject

    —Layla on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box.

    —DebrafromMD on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source

    —Cindy Golding on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Sheri Koshkin on June 1, 2018
  • HAVE NOT TRIED THIS..WOULD BE A NEW ADVENTURE THANKS

    —MARIE on June 1, 2018
  • Light source, or window.

    —Sandi Kelly on June 1, 2018
  • Light source, or window

    —Sandi Kelly on June 1, 2018
  • I transfer with my lightbox. In a pinch i use a window for a quick little pattern to put it on my fabric

    —Sharon Wynne on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source. I have a light tracer which works great but I have been known to tape a pattern & fabric to my 3′ x 4′ window which is terrific for bigger things. I always wanted to try the heat transfer method. It is on my to do list. Thanks for the giveaway…

    —Doreen Gabriellini on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used many ways of Transferring Embroidery patterns.
    But I’ve just discovered an “Iron-on Transfer Pen”

    —Bridget Fletcher on June 1, 2018
  • Light source!

    —Christine on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source to trace my embroidery designs.

    —Rilla Burnham on June 1, 2018
  • I typically use a light box.

    —Nell on June 1, 2018
  • I have used a light source in the past and have purchased wash away stabilizer but not used it yet. I love this giveaway! Thanks! I’m kind of a beginner in the embroidery dept.

    —Margaret M on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source for transferring designs and it works great.

    —Sherry Jagels on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source, mainly a window.

    —Joy Dickson on June 1, 2018
  • I usually trace my lines with a very fine point pigma pen-the stitches cover it well. I like using a brown pen. If the design doesn’t show up, I’ve found s solution to a light box. I use a plastic craft box(I like the size that holds the 12” scrapbook paper.) with the flashlight app on my phone. Put the phone light side up, close the box, and lay the design on with the fabric on top. Sometimes it is necessary to move the phone to the sections you are tracing. If the design is in a book or magazine, I copy it so it is easier to trace.

    —Ruth Hurst on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box

    —Janine Thomson on June 1, 2018
  • In the past I have used carbon paper, haven’t done alot of transfers in the past couple of years. Would love to learn another way to do transfers!!

    —jean on June 1, 2018
  • I have only used iron in transfers, but I’m just getting back into embroidery. It is nice to know there are other techniques I can try.

    —Kyla on June 1, 2018
  • I use transfer pencil, and also tracing with a light source. But I still have and use the old fashioned iron on transfers. I love the designs that I remember embroidering from my childhood.

    —Ngm322 on June 1, 2018
  • I have used all the ways, but my favorite is wash-away stabilizer.

    —Jill Hicks on June 1, 2018
  • I usually trace by using a light source, but also enjoy the old-fashioned heat transfers.

    —Laurie Hackett on June 1, 2018
  • My wonderful husband made me a light box. 😊

    —Pat on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source–the sun along with the glass on my back door.

    —Gail on June 1, 2018
  • I have traced the pattern using a light source, such as a light box, but really prefer to use a wash away stabilizer. It is quick and very accurate.

    —Gloria Meyer on June 1, 2018
  • In the past I have used a light source and traced my designs. Transfer paper can also work in a pinch.

    —Heather on June 1, 2018
  • Tracing with a light source aka my window ☺

    —Cathy on June 1, 2018
  • I generally trace with a light source using either gel pens in a color similar to my thread colors or Pigma Micron pens.

    🙂 Linda

    —linda schiffer on June 1, 2018
  • I am new at embroidery but use with light source which works well for me. As a beginner I’m still learning About threads, needles, fabrics, etc. But, I’m totally enjoying this new craft and find it very relaxing!

    —Barbara S. on June 1, 2018
  • Me gusta imprimirle mi estilo,y yo lo voy copiando a mi manera,me gusta dibujar y ser creativa con mis dibujos,tambien eh intentado hacerlos a traves de la ventana,son mas rapidos pero me gusta mas ponerles mi toque personal.

    Translation: I like to print my style, and I copy it my way, I like to draw and be creative with my drawings, I also tried to make them through the window, they are faster but I like to put my personal touch.

    —Maritza Hernandez on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source to hand trace…but sometimes I free hand in a detail later if I missed something or want to make a slight change to a pattern.

    —Heidi Crockett on June 1, 2018
  • I use a LED light pad and I have also used Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy wash-away stabilizer.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Lynne on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve just got back into embroidery after 40 years. I did my first transfer using a light lamp. Worked like magic!

    —Susan Clarkson on June 1, 2018
  • I made my own light box out of a translucent plastic storage container (where I store my embroidery materials) and one of those little battery lights. Just turn on the light and trace away on the lid of the container! Usually I trace with a Frixon pen, so it disappears when I iron the finished embroidery.

    —Marilyn Goehl on June 1, 2018
  • Light source and wash away pencil. I’ve seen the Fabri-Solvy demonstrated but never used it. These would have been fun projects to make when I was riding the bus back and forth to work….. years ago.

    —Whiskers on June 1, 2018
  • I use a micron pen and a light box. It works great

    —Marilynne hilton on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box that my father made for me.

    —Susan K. on June 1, 2018
  • I transfer with a light source.

    —Kara on June 1, 2018
  • I like to use a lightbox. The lightbox is only 14 inches, and I needed 18 inches for a project, so my sweet husband made me a box to put the lightbox under.

    —Kim Searcy on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box. Looks like a really fun book.

    —Anita Allen on June 1, 2018
  • I transfer using a light box, or if its a small piece I’ll quick go to the window.

    —Shirley Milbocker on June 1, 2018
  • Either with a lamp box or wash away stabilizer depends on what’s available. Oh! That reminds me better add some to my shopping list 😊

    —Karen McIsaac on June 1, 2018
  • I typically transfer embroidery pattern to fabric by light source using a wash out pencil.

    —Sandy Koenig on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source but have used heat transfer.

    —Freda Hocking on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source

    —stephanie Woodward on June 1, 2018
  • I have used both a light source and heat transfer pencil to do embroidery patterns.

    —Mary Brott on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source–most often a window.

    —Susan on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source, or light-colored background fabric that I can see through! Would love to try the washable stabilizer.

    —Dottie Macomber on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source. It’s usually a window.

    —Teresa on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source!

    —Shelley Scarbro on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light source–my window!

    —Verna A. on June 1, 2018
  • I normally use a light source – usually the window if the item isn’t too big!

    —Cynthia Wilbanks on June 1, 2018
  • I got “Santa” to bring me a light board, have used the other methods too!

    Eileen on June 1, 2018
  • My daughters got together and gifted me with a real nice light pad. Prior to that I used a window. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

    —Kathleen Kingsbury on June 1, 2018
  • I got “Santa” to bring me a light board for Christmas. I have used the other methods even the window.

    Eileen on June 1, 2018
  • Usually use light source, but I used transfer paper.

    —Denise Campbell on June 1, 2018
  • i use the light source but am willing to try the other methods mentioned.

    LINDA WONG on June 1, 2018
  • I have used dressmakers tracing paper with a pencil. Would love to try other methods though.
    Looks like a wonderful book of designs.

    —Janis kovac on June 1, 2018
  • I love the wash away stabilizer. I run it thru the copier and I’m ready to go!

    —Patty Highstreet on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light-box source for transferring embroidery designs. I am pretty good at drawing and sometimes free-hand draw the designs after looking at something.

    —Jackie Wisherd on June 1, 2018
  • Heat transfer pencil is really the only way I’ve done it. Looks like a fun book and a great giveaway!

    Daisy on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box for transferring patterns.

    Jeanette Jensen on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Lisa on June 1, 2018
  • lighgt box

    —wilda ernst on June 1, 2018
  • I’ve used my windows in the past but now own a light box and am excited to try that way. Thanks!

    —Paula C on June 1, 2018
  • I just use a light source but maybe I should try another method.

    —Christi on June 1, 2018
  • I use a lightbox, it works for applique too

    —Bonnie Crooker on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light under my clear sewing extension table, then trace the design. I like the wash away stabilizer idea, too. Thanks for the info and give-away.

    —Maryellen McAuliffe on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use a light source.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on June 1, 2018
  • I used to use my window as a light source, but I have finally gotten a beautiful light box, so I use that now. Thanks for the chance to win such a cute book, and tell Lecien thanks for the chance for the lovely floss too! Hugs, H

    —Helen M LeBrett on June 1, 2018
  • I recently transferred embroidery to the material using the sticky solvy and the printer, first time I tried this method and it worked really well.

    —Esther Hopland on June 1, 2018
  • I use a light box or use Sew-In inkjet fabric sheets they both are excellent.

    —Joan Nacoste on June 1, 2018
  • I usually use light source to transfer but have used transfer pencils in past. I will have to try the sticky Sulky method as this is a new one for me.

    —Susan Rogers on June 2, 2018
  • I usually use a light box to transfer designs. If it is something small/quick, I will sometimes just use a window.

    —Susan L. on June 2, 2018
  • I have used many ways to transfer, lamp under plexiglass with two tables, window, lol love, iron off transfer pencils and pens. Happen lunch and embroidery!

    —Tammy Cruickshank on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light box and a Frixon pen. For dark fabrics I use wash away stabilizer. I enjoy adding embroidery to my quilting.

    —Patricia Phaiah on June 2, 2018
  • I’m up for learning new ways to transfer a design. I’ve tried the wash away stabilizer with mixed results. It worked well a couple times and then it didn’t, and it was a real problem.

    —Deborah B. on June 2, 2018
  • I have only used a light source as my method of transferring embroidery patterns.

    —Christine Prager on June 2, 2018
  • I trace with natural light with a washable ink pen.
    Do not use stabilizer.

    —Barbara on June 2, 2018
  • I generally draw my own designs. Then I might transfer with a light box or just free hand it if it’s not too complicated.

    —Debra on June 2, 2018
  • I have a lightbox that I use all the time. I bought some wash away stabilizer for the first time to use on textured fabric but haven’t used it yet.

    —April Lopez on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light box and the Pilot Frixion erasable pen.

    —Lynne Kennedy on June 2, 2018
  • I use the transfer pen.

    —Rebecca Boukikaz on June 2, 2018
  • I usually use a light source box but struggle with what to use on dark fabrics….

    —Linda Norris on June 2, 2018
  • Light source, I have a light box, but I have used a window. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I love the Martingale site, lots of great tips and products.

    —Ann Schafer on June 2, 2018
  • I prefer the wash away stabilizer for my projects but I have also used tracing the design on cellophane and then stitching through it – you can tear it away and remove any particles with tweezers.

    —Susan Putman on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light box. I find that is the easiest method I have tried others but this works best or me

    —Dianne Cook on June 2, 2018
  • I typically use the light source method on light fabric. I haven’t tried to transfer to a dark fabric. Thank you so much for these other methods.

    —Phyllis R on June 2, 2018
  • I use a window as a light source.

    —Judy Anderson on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light source….it’s my Happy Light that I use during the winter to ward off SAD. It works well!

    —Kathy E. on June 2, 2018
  • Light source…Crayola light box. 🙂 And a washable pen. I know a lot of people who use the washable stabilizer though.

    —Laura B on June 2, 2018
  • (thought I submitted a comment but it disappeared)

    I use a light source, usually a Crayola light box, and a washable pen. I know a lot of people who use the washable stabilizer method though.

    —Laura B on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light box to transfer designs, but want to try the transfer sheets.

    —Julia Stavran on June 2, 2018
  • I have used both light source and wash away stabilizer. Never tried light source with a dark fabric. Love the give away.

    —Gail on June 2, 2018
  • I usually use a light box.

    —Cecilia on June 2, 2018
  • I use a water erasable pen for my designs. It lets me make changes when I need to without the worry of marks left behind. I have found I need to rinse the whole piece to get rid of the pen.

    —Dee on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light source. Works well for me.

    Paula Abay on June 2, 2018
  • Light source 😍

    —Serose on June 2, 2018
  • Light Source.

    —Maria H. Goetz on June 2, 2018
  • I most often use a homemade light box. I will be trying these other methods. Thanks!

    —Julie F on June 2, 2018
  • I usually use a heat transfer pen or carbon paper.

    —Jessica on June 2, 2018
  • Light source is what I typically use to transfer.

    —Sharrie on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light source and pigma pen

    —Adelaida Acosta on June 2, 2018
  • a light source works for me — have a light bow but have also used a sunny wondow

    —Katherine on June 2, 2018
  • I usually trace the design in pencil – but my alltime favorite method used to be ironing the design onto the fabric with a transfer.

    —Elizabeth McDonald on June 2, 2018
  • I have used many methods of transfer over the years.I had old transfer sheets from my Grandmother for the original Items I made for my trousseau 47 years ago. I have since drawn on old dryer sheets (leave them on) and tried the transfer pencil.

    —ELIZAJANE on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light box and a 005 brown Pigma pen. Love Cosmo floss!

    —Char Scott on June 2, 2018
  • Light source, but I’m just a beginner.

    —Bena Ball on June 2, 2018
  • I have never used a transfer pen, mostly my light box and sometimes the stabilizer. I find both work well.

    —Gloria Fradsham on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light source when transferring embroidery designs

    —Nancy Szarowicz on June 2, 2018
  • Love my light box!!

    —Janice on June 2, 2018
  • I usually use a light source, either a window or a light box. I have used the printable stabilizer too and love it when I want lots of perfect circles . . .

    —Carol C on June 2, 2018
  • I probably have one of the worst ways, I use carbon paper… it doesn’t work too well but enough I can work from it.

    —Laura on June 2, 2018
  • Light source. I have a light box but prefer to use a window because there is no setup involved.

    —Karen Knorr on June 2, 2018
  • I usually use a light source to trace the pattern!

    —Lauren Dalton on June 2, 2018
  • I use a light pad and a Pigma pen to transfer my embroidery patterns. Even when they’re iron on patterns I still prefer to trace them myself.

    —Margaret Lee on June 2, 2018
  • I used a Red heat transfer pencil

    —Kit on June 3, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Heidi on June 3, 2018
  • Heat transfer pencil and light source, depends on the project.

    —Susan Torrington on June 3, 2018
  • On wool I use a pencil

    —Mimi on June 3, 2018
  • I use a light source and a pencil.

    —Jane Larke on June 3, 2018
  • I use light source, but very new to this, like reading of new ideas and methods, I am hooked.

    —Judi Lood on June 3, 2018
  • I use my sliding glass door with a chair so I can sit down for those intense designs. I also use a Frixion pen so I can totally remove the marks after I’ve embroidered.

    —Kris Thomas on June 3, 2018
  • I usually use a light source (window) to transfer my motif.

    Anita on June 3, 2018
  • I use light source, but have a heat transfer pencil I plan to try.

    —Peggy Hallstrom on June 3, 2018
  • I am fortunate to have a glass dining table. I like the ideas for embroidering so many items. I get stuck on quilts and pillows. Now I want to find a source for the embroidery floss they use.

    —Patricia Tomes on June 3, 2018
  • I use a light source…. the door to my deck, and I hold the pattern up to the glass, and tape with blue painter’s tape.

    —Susie on June 3, 2018
  • I use a light box and a Frixion pen which allows me to correct slips and mistakes.

    —Judy on June 3, 2018
  • I use a light box or window and I try all kinds of pencils and markers.

    —Nancy on June 3, 2018
  • I know this is a day late, but… I use a homemade light box and a pen that goes away with the iron.

    —Vickie Keith on June 3, 2018
  • I use a light source, it seems to work best for me.

    —Ann Austin on June 3, 2018
  • I don’t usually transfer designs, so I appreciate the instructions on how to transfer designs.

    —Renata on June 3, 2018
  • I normally trace the pattern onto fabric using frixxon pen & a window 😊

    —Staci Torgerson on June 3, 2018
  • I usually use a light source.

    —Kathy h on June 3, 2018
  • How serendipitous! Today I was looking at my favorite local fabric store because I want to give embroidery another go. I didn’t have much luck, so I’d love to win this and give the stabilizer method a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

    —Margarita Haury on June 3, 2018
  • I’ve used wash-away stabilizers, and also soap – little bits of bar soap make great "markers" for embroidery projects.

    —Karen on June 3, 2018
  • I use a light box that my husband made for me.

    —Maureen Haynes on June 3, 2018
  • For years I used a sunny window. You can always find a window, glass door, or glass table at home or when traveling. If it s dark, put the lamp behind it. A few years ago light boxes became flat. Now I use my flat light box except when traveling then I’m back to somebody’s window, I just make sure I can sit while I trace now with a heat earaseable pen.

    I would love the floss and he book. I am always looking for small patterns.

    —Robin K on June 3, 2018
  • Such cute embroidery and beautiful floss colors!

    —Debra Miller on June 4, 2018
  • I have a small child’s lighted toy tracing box that works perfectly for all my tracing needs. If it is something bigger-I tape it to my storm door.

    —Debra Miller on June 4, 2018
  • I use a light box quite often, however, on very detailed patterns I use the sulky
    wash away product. I like both methods and find them both acceptable. I have run the paper through the printer and it works well.

    I have eyed this book before and would love to have it. I am also planning to do a pattern that calls for comos floss so would love this!!!

    Am also teaching my grands to embroider and these patterns would be sweet projects.

    —Nancy Gerdes on June 4, 2018
  • I use a light source that I had since my children were small. I was so delighted when I found it had been placed with some of their toys from many years ago. Works perfect.

    —carol shannon on June 4, 2018
  • I use a light source but I am open to exploring other methods. I use Cosmos thread almost exclusively because I do many Crabapple Hill projects.

    —Nancy Parrott on June 4, 2018
  • I use a light source

    —Vickie Moses on June 4, 2018
  • I usually use a light box! Thank you for a chance to win. Love the book!

    —Lesa Womack on June 4, 2018
  • I use a light source (my heavy, cumbersome old lightbox, which I’ve had for 15 years and has never needed replacement bulbs) and a Frixion pen. This book would be a good source for trying new transferring techniques and using some new-to-me stitches in fresh, new designs.

    —Jan D on June 4, 2018
  • I’ve never done it yet, but I’d love to learn—does that count? (-:

    —Linda M on June 4, 2018
  • I transfer my small designs using a method I first learnt in primary school in England – I trace off the design, then on the reverse, rub over the lines with a carbon pencil, I then lay the back of the design with carbon side down, and re-trace over the lines with a ball point pen, then go over the lines lightly with a soft pencil.

    —Marian Simons on June 4, 2018
  • I think I’ve only ever used Heat-transfer pencil

    —Carmen on June 4, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Bonnie on June 4, 2018
  • I use a light source. But will try wash away stabilizer.

    Chris on June 5, 2018
  • I do a variety of techniques, kind of depends on the design. Light Source, Sulky wash away stabilizer, Transfer Eze (I prefer Sulky)…don’t use this for lettering though. I have a large homemade light box plus a store bought one, I use for traveling. For little additions to a piece, I freehand. Love embroidery.

    Barb H. on June 5, 2018
  • I’m new to embroidery. I love the idea of the wash away stabilizer. I did try a heat transfer pencil, but I found it didn’t seem to work very well. I put the fabric on the window to draw right onto it.

    —Wendy V on June 5, 2018
  • I use a light source along with a wash away fabric. I trace onto the wash away material (I’ve tried a few, some are better than others), and then baste that to my fabric. It’s another step, but I find I get a better result in the end, and it’s completely transportable – I go camping a lot, and bring hand projects like this with me all the time. Tracing onto the fabric – I’m always afraid the lines will show when I’m done, and/or wipe away as I’m working on it.

    —Susan Burney on June 5, 2018
  • I’ve always used a light source, I’d be interested in trying the heat sensitive pencil.

    —The Quilted Dog on June 5, 2018
  • I love doing embroidery and for very detailed designs I love the wash away stabilizerwhich I run through the printer.

    —Mary Jean Price on June 5, 2018
  • I have used both the light source method and heat transfer pencil. Sometimes I use freezer paper for simple shapes.

    —Linda Towers on June 5, 2018
  • I’ve mostly done freehand work sometimes using a light source.

    —Melanie on June 6, 2018
  • If its a light colored fabric, I trace with a light box. I have two methods I like for dark fabrics. I use Golden Threads quilting paper. Its like a tissue paper. You can trace onto that and then pin it to your fabric and stitch right overtop. It tears away very easily at the end. I’ve also used Glad Press’N Seal. Same idea – trace, place on fabric, stitch, and tear away. It has the advantage of staying in place very well but its a little harder to tear away.

    —Vicki on June 6, 2018
  • I usually use a light box to trace. I have tried wash away stabilizer too.

    —sam on June 8, 2018
  • I use wash-away stabilizer that I run through the printer.

    —Sarah Vodicka on June 8, 2018
  • I love embroidery and usually use a light box to transfer the design. I have never tried a heat transfer pencil, maybe someday I will.

    —Donnamarie on June 8, 2018
  • I haven’t attempted any method, yet. Trying to learn by YouTube videos. Your ebook is awesome!

    —Diane on June 8, 2018
  • I transfer embroidery designs with a light source.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on June 8, 2018
  • I have transferred patterns using a light source to trace (a window; a child’s tracing "toy" the Mickey Mouse Light Up Drawing Desk; and an old frame propped over a light) and heat transfer patterns and tracings.

    I’ve also traced patterns onto tissue paper that I stitch through and tear away. Not my favourite – the paper wrinkles, a bit hard on some threads and small stitches.

    I still struggle with transferring patterns onto dark or heavy fabrics. Maybe I need to try the Solvy?

    —Kathryn in Ontario on June 8, 2018
  • I generally use a light source for most designs, however if it is a very detailed fairly complicated design I will use the wash away transfer stabilizer.

    —Joellyn P. on June 8, 2018
  • So far I’ve just used the light source method. The other two sound like great ideas that I want to try. Thanks for a chance to win the prize package!

    —Carol on June 8, 2018
  • I usually use a light source to trace my patterns, but am intrigued to try the wash away stabilizer method! I’ve always admired stitchery on darker fabrics, and this might be the solution! Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Wendy Snyder on June 8, 2018
  • I use a home made light box.

    —Phyllis on June 8, 2018
  • I haven’t transferred any designs. I’m a beginner to embroidery and would love to learn!

    —Jolie on June 8, 2018
  • I’ve used all three methods it just depends on how complicated the design is an what the fabric is. For light fabric I mostly use a light box and for dark the printable fusible transfer sheets

    —Lonna Hammond on June 8, 2018
  • For less involved patterns, I trace on a window! This year used Sulky washable stabilizer for a more intricate pattern that I copied on my printer. Works but that extra layer is a little tougher to embroidery through.

    —Deb S on June 8, 2018
  • I have used the light source method, but since I learned about printable fabric, I scan the design from one of Gail Pan’s excellent books into my computer, manipulate it (enlarge, reduce, skew, etc.) if I want to change it at all, and then print it right on the fabric. For quilting purposes, the white printable fabric is perfect. The sheet is big enough for more than one design potentially.

    —Chris on June 8, 2018
  • Have used the “Light Box” for years, but had no idea there was a heat transfer pencil! Will have to check that out 💛

    —Sandra Weissner on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light source. I tape the pattern to the patio door, and trace it that way. Very environmentally-friendly!

    —JJ on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light source. I tape the pattern to the patio door and trace it that way. Very environmentally-friendly!

    —JJ on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light box on light fabric. Haven’t done anything on dark yet.

    —Sylvia Lutz on June 8, 2018
  • I use the sun! I hold (or tape) the design on a window with tracing paper or opaque fabric on top and trace with a blue mechanical pencil.

    —P mckenzie on June 8, 2018
  • I was introduced to Sulky wash away during the Splendid Sampler and I love it for transferring patterns. So quick and easy to use. Thank you… would sure like this little book either win or purchase!

    —Linda Isfeld on June 8, 2018
  • I found Sulky’s printable stabilizer and think it’s a good idea. I have also used a light box

    —Kathy M on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light box that my husband made for me many years ago.

    —THERESA WESTRUP on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light source for transferring the designs.

    —Barbaraben on June 8, 2018
  • I usually draw the design in pencil.

    —Trudy on June 8, 2018
  • I usually do it by hand using a light box or the window.

    —Allison C on June 8, 2018
  • I love my light box to trace.

    —Wendy M on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light source or a washaway stabilizer. Depends on the design and on the fabric I use as the base.

    —Laura M on June 8, 2018
  • I use a window as my light source. I want to try thestabilizer someitme

    —Rachel on June 8, 2018
  • I usually use a light box, but sometimes, for small items, use a window (also a light source). Love the available motifs and thread.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    —Barbara Niekerk on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light box. I have used a brown pigma pen for most of my embroidery transfers. Thanks for sharing additional ways to do transfers. I am always learning.

    —Linda Bohne on June 8, 2018
  • I just bought my first Crabapple Hill patterns, and so far have been too intimidated to start.

    —Judy Reeves on June 8, 2018
  • Light source

    —Sharon Browne on June 8, 2018
  • Hi there,
    I use my balcony sliding door to trace!
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs

    —Jacqueline on June 8, 2018
  • I usually transfer my designs by taping it to my glass door and using the sun as my light source.

    Teri on June 8, 2018
  • A light box and a pigma pen….great combination!

    —Nancy on June 8, 2018
  • I have always used a light source but the stabilizer method is intriguing – especially if I can run it through the printer.

    —Deb Bowers on June 8, 2018
  • I use the top of my Sew Steady table with a night light and a frixion pen

    —Cheri Bergeron on June 8, 2018
  • I use wash away stabilizer…will probably try your other suggestions

    —Anne on June 8, 2018
  • I have a light box to transfer.

    —Vicki Allen on June 8, 2018
  • I’ve got some of the washaway sticky pattern material, just have to use it!

    —Susan MacLeod on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light pad now, but I used to taped the design on a window and trace. I am very interested in trying the wash away stabilizer. Thank you for the give away!

    —Judy on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light box that my husband made, years ago. It has been one of my favorite tools.

    —Jacque B on June 8, 2018
  • I have tried transfer pens and pencils, but mostly I end up taping to my sliding door with painters tape and letting the sun be my light source.

    —Kathleen on June 8, 2018
  • I have used dressmaker carbon paper and tracing paperg

    —Geo on June 8, 2018
  • I have usually used a light source and traced the design I wish to use. I would love to try these other methods to put in my toolbox of tricks. My Mother taught me how to embroider as a young girl and I’ve picked it up many times over the years. It’s relaxing and fun to "draw" designs with lovely threads of many colors!

    —Marie Eddins on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Kris B on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light source and a regular pencil, but always looking for new ways to transfer.

    —Karyn on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light source but sometimes just doodle and come up with my own design.

    —Arlene on June 8, 2018
  • I use a window and tape method, do not have a lightbox. The other methods sound good too. Must look into them as well.

    —Helen Bowie on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light table and I trace the letters very lightly with a Frixion pen. Although, if I find a pattern that I like in a book, I have been known to iron on also!

    —Diane W. on June 8, 2018
  • Just saw on facebook where a lady took a empty swiffer container and washed it very good. Then bought 2 battery operated lights and put in the container and placed the clear lid on the box and made a light box. I am going to try that. Bought 2 lights and batteries at Lowe’s today and will give that a try.

    Martha Followill on June 8, 2018
  • I would say my method is using a light source. I hold the design up to the window and trace it onto paper and then transfer it onto fabric. The sunlight is a great source of light for tracing. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on June 8, 2018
  • I have a light box that I was given for Christmas when I was about 12 yrs old. It still works and I use it all of the time. thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea Yarolim on June 8, 2018
  • Haven’t done it for a while. I usually use a light source, but have also used tearaway stabilizer or wash away stabilizer.

    —Nancy A on June 8, 2018
  • I was lucky enough to find a light box at a stamping rummage sale for $15. A great buy and a great tool.

    —Alexia Jandourek on June 8, 2018
  • a light source

    —Sylvia Rainey on June 8, 2018
  • I use all the methods mentioned depending on materials. The one i use the most is the window method.

    —Cynthia Maki on June 8, 2018
  • I either use my light box or wash away stabilizer to transfer designs.

    —Barbara K on June 8, 2018
  • I use my sliding glass door as a light source

    —Cindy K on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light box and a water soluble marker

    —Carol B on June 8, 2018
  • I have used a light box before. Bought some Sticky Fabri Solvy but haven’t used it yet.

    —Linda Cejnar on June 8, 2018
  • I use a light source, or a permanent pigma pen. I never got the hang of using a heat transfer pen. I sometimes use sash away, but the last time I used it, it loosened from the fabric before I was halfway with the stitchery.
    Berit

    —Berit Dalby on June 9, 2018
  • Light source.

    —MelodyJ on June 9, 2018
  • I love my light box.

    —M Sue Smith on June 9, 2018
  • As I am relatively new to Hand Embroidery, and quite thrilled to finally be learning, so far I have only tried a Heat Resistant Pen and a Light Source to transfer the patterns. I would be extremely excited to have this book in my small collection of Hand Embroidery Books since I love all of the designs!!!

    —Jackson M. Watkins on June 9, 2018
  • I wing it…put on a few dots by eye and improvise…
    Don’t want it to look too perfect-right?

    —Pal Koenig on June 9, 2018
  • I usually use a light box and trace.

    —Cindy S on June 9, 2018
  • I have a light box I use. Some fabric is too thick to see through. I’d love this giveaway!

    —Renée Welton on June 9, 2018
  • My usual tool is a light source…the window. We used the stabilizer in a recent class and I really liked it. Would like to use it on an upcoming project.

    —Pearl on June 9, 2018
  • Light source

    Susan E Lester on June 9, 2018
  • Mostly I use the sliding glass door. It’s a great giant light box!

    —Barb on June 9, 2018
  • I used to tape the pattern on a sunny window, then the fabric on top and trace lightly with a pencil. Now I have a lightbox with a special marking pen. It is much easier.

    —Lynn Marcusen on June 9, 2018
  • The only method I use is the glass on my sliding door; will be on the lookout for a Light Box at a yard sale! Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Carmelita on June 9, 2018
  • A light box or window are what I’ve used.

    —Linda Taylor on June 10, 2018
  • I use a light box- works well!

    —Louise on June 10, 2018
  • Such darling designs! I’ve used both a light source and a wash away stabilizer.
    I enjoy embroidery and the relaxation it brings me.

    Thank you for another super giveaway!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

    —usairdoll on June 10, 2018
  • I use a light source.

    —Mary on June 11, 2018
  • It’s the window for me!

    —Roxanne on June 11, 2018
  • A Prairie Journey " looks intriguing!

    —Kathy G on June 11, 2018
  • I usually use a light source – the window! Thanks for a great giveaway.

    —bookboxer on June 11, 2018
  • Light source-I am lucky and have an old overhead projector.

    —Nancy DeJongh on June 12, 2018
  • I use my patio door as a light source. I can sit or stand and listen to music while drawing the patterns. Thank You, Linda S Pewaukee WI

    —Linda S on June 15, 2018
  • I print out my designs from my computer and then use carbon paper to transfer the design to fabric. I tape the carbon to the fabric lightly then position the design over it and tape it to the carbon. I trace over that with a ball point pen. The carbon makes the design permanent on my fabric so I can just remove the carbon and paper and embroider when I want. Never heard of heat resistant pens till now.

    —Marlene Gregg on June 16, 2018
  • I am a lucky girl. I received a light box Last year for my birthday!

    —Anne on August 24, 2018

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