Reds and pattern transfer

Monday was a special day…our youngest son Mathieu’s birthday. Ray and I went down to Toronto to take him, and his girlfriend (whose birthday was Friday) out to dinner.  What a wonderful meal we had at a little French Bistro. As a result…the only hooking related activity I did was to put some wool to soak before we left. ..But in the process I discovered that I had made a mistake with the lazy swatches I’d dyed the day before. Rather than dyeing 1/3 yard of the poppy red…I had actually dyed 1/2 yard. (it’s a good thing that I like it). The wool I intend to dye today is oatmeal coloured, so I’m hoping to get a duller, deeper red. Let’s see what happens.

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A good start.

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I’ve begun the next step in the pattern process. Having finished sketching the pattern outline on the red dot, I drew a line around the outside of the pattern matching the lines on the tintest at 3′ and 6′.  The linen needed a good steaming to get rid of the wrinkles and creases, then I laid it out on the tintest, and leaving a 6″ border, I pinned a corner in the right spot.

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Using my marker, I drew in the ditches to outline the 3′ x 6′ perimeter ,

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then matched the ditch outline to the tintest grid markings, and pinned it all down.

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Then I put the red dot on top, matched the outside perimeters, and pinned it down.

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 Now I’m ready to draw on the pattern with the ink pen to transfer the pattern unto the linen. I know this would be a much easier process with a light table, but I only have a glass topped coffee table, and I somehow think it works better that I can lay the whole thing out flat. 

2 thoughts on “Reds and pattern transfer

  1. Elizabeth, you are taking on an enormous and spectacular project and I can’t wait to see how it progresses for you. It is an amazing piece and I just love all the reds in it!jill in Ontario

  2. As I said to Phyllis, Jill….fools leap in where wise men fear to go…I’m having fun trying to get lots of variety out of two main colours!

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