I was provided a photo of the art to be embroidered, a 6" square of cream wool, a 6" square of cream linen, red silk, and black silk. Due to a miscommunication, some of the other medallions were done on the linen side, while others were done on the wool side. To help with visual balance between the fabrics, I was asked to create my medallion with the linen square facing up.
The first task was to transfer the design to the fabric. As the design was a different size than the requested circle, there were a few different options for this:
- Resize the image and utilize a light box to trace the image.
- Freehand the image on the fabric.
- Grid the fabric and the design, and scale based on the grid lines.
As I am a mathematically-inclined individual, I chose the grid option. Below are the step-by-step instructions for the grid transfer.
- Draw a vertical and a horizontal line through the center of the image.
- Draw a vertical line halfway between the center line and the edge of the pattern.
- Repeat this on the other side of the center line
- Draw a horizontal line halfway between the center line and the edge of the pattern.
- Repeat this on the other side of the center line.
- If you need more grid lines, continue drawing lines between the existing lines until you have the desired size grid squares.
- Repeat steps 1-6 on the fabric.
- Using the grid boxes as guides, draw the image on the fabric lightly, with pencil or fabric pen, making adjustments as necessary, to get the desired look. Remember the grids are not perfect, so you may need to make some minor adjustments to get the image to look right.
- When you are satisfied with the image, go over it again with slightly darker lines.
- Now you're ready to sew!
As the other embroideries were done entirely in split stitch, I used this stitch for conformity. Were I given an option, I would have likely chosen chain stitch for the circles, and split stitch for the design, as I prefer the look of chain stitch on circles. Below are the final front and back photos of the medallion.