If you like to use iron-on transfers for your hand embroidery projects, you might be interested a really nice line of transfers produced by Mani di Fata of Italy, and available through Lacis. I purchased a couple different types of iron-on sets, including regular surface embroidery designs and cutwork designs. Here’s the set for surface embroidery…
I’ve only occasionally used iron-on transfers for my embroidery projects. Truth is, I find it easier and more reliable to trace patterns, even those intended to be ironed on. With this set of transfers from Mani di Fata, I’m definitely tracing. Though the transfers would last through several applications, I’m pretty sure they’ll last even longer if I stick with tracing them rather than ironing them.
These transfers came in a very large envelope. There are three sheets of transfers, each sheet folding out to… oh, some huge tabletop proportion! (I didn’t measure them…)
Each sheet contains many motifs for embroidery. You simply cut out the pieces you want to iron-on, making note of the markings for repeat patterns if your design has a repeat. Then you set up your fabric and iron on your pattern.
The package contains motifs suitable for the bedroom, the living room, the dining room, the kitchen… you get the idea…
… and they’re all more or less mixed up on each of the three sheets in the package.
There’s one nice alphabet in the set – it features letters marked out with lilies of the valley. It’s a very pretty, medium-sized alphabet.
Some of the highlights that sold me on this particular set were these cute cups…
… this line of cacti – though I’ve never embroidered potted cacti and have no idea if I actually ever will…
… and the many nice corner-type designs in the set. There are at least six or more designs specifically suitable to corners, some very simple and some more complex.
Now, I haven’t tried the actual iron-on-ness of these yet, though I will, so I can let you know how well they work. But given the quality of the paper and the sharpness of the designs, I’m assuming they iron on well. I’ll play with that this week and let you know.
You can find these iron-on sets through Lacis, by searching “mani di fata” in their online catalog. You’ll also find that they have several cutwork iron-on sets, books, and so forth by the same company. You can also look up the Mani di Fata website, which is written in Italian, but you can switch to English or Spanish translation on the site. I found it difficult to find exactly the same set of transfers on their website, but they have all kinds of other delectable things to look at, too, including kits – cutwork tablecloth kits, for example, with the design already printed on, and all kinds of other neat stuff.
Back to the transfers – these sets really have the nicest designs I’ve seen in these types of transfers. I’m glad I found them while rummaging through Lacis, and now I wish I had bought more of ’em!
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