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.”