The Stash Connundrum
AKA: How I excuse my boxes of fabric, yarn, and my most recent additions to my embroidery pattern collection.
And thus stands my embroidery. Clearly, there is a disconnect.
This theme repeats itself. I have more fabric in boxes than I’ve ever sewn. I have more yarn packed away than being knit. I can be neurotic about not owning too much stuff, too much clutter, too much items which thus own me, but for some reason I am not neurotic about craft stashes.
How’s that work?
Excuse #1: Some people collect stamps which have already been used. Some collect coinage they never intend to spend. Some collect tea bags, or 8 Tracks, or even dirt. My collection is at least nominally useful- I can make things from it, I can use it to enhance my skills, I can do stuff. If I ever manage to, y’know, actually get around to doing stuff.
Excuse #2: I have plans for all of it. I don’t buy yarn or fabric unless I know what I want to use it for. Don’t call it a collection; call it inspiration, call it being prepared.
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On the subject of stashing embroidery patterns, I have another question for the big wide internet.
How do you make embroidery patterns?
Obviously I don’t mean “how do you draw embroider-able line art?”. I think I’ve got a reasonable grasp of that one. I mean, how do you make embroidery patterns like the ones pictured above?
What kind of ink, once printed, can A: be ironed onto fabric not once nor twice but repeatedly, B: leaving a dark design that doesn’t fade for the duration of the embroidery project, but C: immediately disappears with its first washing? Does one need a special printer for this? Does one need to order their patterns printed from someone else who already has special ink and/or special printers? My Google-Fu has thusfar failed to answer the question, instead coming up with lots of information on t-shirt iron-ons (permanent, one-time, washable).
You see, I’d like to try selling patterns (while still giving some line art away for free- that’s fun), and while I figure I could always sell them as .pdfs (with multiple sizes of the patterns and lots of good instructions), I really like the idea of a physical product. I want to make iron-ons.
Google, don’t fail me now.