Using iron-on transfers for embroidery

I've recently uploaded my second embroidery video to my YouTube channel. I teach you all about iron-on transfers and the history behind them, and some new stitches including lazy daisy stitch and stem stitch. My aim with these videos was to make embroidery accessible to everyone, especially beginners. I wanted to show that with just a few stitches, you can create these wonderful pieces of art, no matter what skill level you are - anyone can do this!

I also want to start using this blog as way of giving you a little extra content that I didn't include in the video, instead of just promoting it because I don't really see the point. I'm not going to do anything major but I thought it would be nice to show you some closer up images that weren't in the video and thumbnail photos that we didn't use.

I mentioned this in the video but I'll share it here too. When I first learned to embroider back in the 70s my mum had kept a lot of my Grandma's sewing magazines. The "Needlewoman and Needle craft" magazine pictured wasn't my Grandma's but is certainly very similar to what she would have had. I would imagine it's from around the late 1940s early 1950s. They used to come with pre-transferred linen pieces that were around A5, and that's what I learnt on. You can also see below that very often, they would still have the actual transfer stapled inside. These are a few examples but you can see a transfer that's been kept in the magazine in my video.

So there's this weeks blog post. Fortunately, I managed to cover most of the history in the video but I really wanted to share these transfers with you. If anyone's interested in purchasing one of the transfers, I will be putting them up on our mail order page very soon. If you would like to see the full video, the link is down below. See you soon :)

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