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Great Iron-on Transfer Patterns for Hand Embroidery


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Iron-on transfers for hand embroidery are a fast way to get your design onto your fabric so that you can begin embroidering right away.

There are all typles of transfers available, but if you’re looking for something really special, and you want to kick things up a notch in your embroidery, these are some wonderful magazines…

The magazines are called Mains et Merveilles, and yes, they’re in French. However, even if you don’t speak a lick of French, if you’re looking for nice iron-on designs with clear instructions, these are the books for you!

There are five issues that I can find readily available in the States and that deal with different types of surface embroidery: one on cutwork, one on household linens, one on baby items, one on flowers and animals, and one on embroidered initials with all kinds of embellishment.

Not only will you find color photos instructing you on stitches, but you’ll also find hints on fabric set-up and other useful points of embroidery. Worried that they’re in French? Don’t be! The photos give clear instructions – and, if you really get stuck, you can type the words into a free online language translater.

The thing about these magazines, though, is the magnificent selection of classy, beautiful patterns for hand-embroidery. And they’re all tucked right into the center of the magazine, full size and ready to iron-on.

You can find various issues of the magazine occasionally through Lacis – just use their search feature in their catalog and type in “Mains et Merveilles.”


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  1. I live in Germany and there are some italian needlework magazines that has the same catastrophe as these french ones.
    I love the projects and photographs. If one has experience with the techniques, it would be easy to reproduce the projects, without worrying about the language.

  2. Yes, the Italian books are excellent – Mani di Fata produces really good ones! They have some beautiful books on curtains ("Tende") which have very nice projects in them, and the language barrier is fairly nil, considering the abundant photos.

    1. Hi, Fiona – Try Lacis (www.lacis.com) for the magazines. Off the top of my head, they’re probably the only place in the US where you’ll find them! Hope that helps! ~MC

  3. Mary,
    My sister told me about your wonderful website–the tutorials are so helpful! I went to hedgehoghandworks.com, looking for the French magazines Mains et Merveilles, but was not able to find them–any idea where they might be purchased? Thanks!

  4. I liked ‘Broderie Tradition’, another French mag, but I don’t suppose it’s still going. I often look at the international press section in German railway stations when we’re there as you can get wonderful titles from all over Western Europe.=)

  5. I recently purchased 2 iron on patterns from your company and I only have attempted to use one. I was very displeased with the way the pattern transferred, some of the lettering was not even visible. I have stamped off 100’s of Aunt Martha patterns and never had any so dim as not to be able to see. What would you suggest is wrong before I attempt to do the other pattern. These patterns are for baby quilts for infants who pass away and are given to our local funeral homes.
    Billie Marriott 14308 Hwy 21 N Oak Grove,AR 72660

  6. Some of my favorite embroidery books are in JapNese from the new books by Kazuko Aoki to the Ondori books from back in the 1970s. IMO, language is irrelevant. Many of tbe embroiderers that I follow on Instagram are Japanese, Korean, or Arabic.


  7. I’m searching for an iron-on transfer pattern to Embroider (NOT CROSS STITCH) of the Serenity Prayer and it must be beautiful. Thank you.

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