The magic pounce is good stuf (NAYY, just doing my job as Gadget
Queen). It seems to stay on well and does iron off 'like it says on
the tin'. I haven't got the hang of the sewmachine method of making
the pattern, but now I see where I was going wrong. Doing it smooth
side up closes all the pores. Duh! thank you for that. Shall
I somwetimes cut a stencil using both a double bladed stencil cutter
(mind your under knuckles when cutting thick plastic, ouchies!) and a
hot poker-soldering iron thingy. Remember to put in loads of little
bridges or the holes fall out, but otherwise a feather or cable repeat
can be done in no time. The joy of this is if you make a mistake with
the marking it is easy to erase. With pencils and chalks etc you
might have to resort to different colours where the mistakes are,
until you can wash them out later.
Add to that, cut stencils can be used again and again, so I hang them
on the wall for future use.
Golden Threads paper is good for tracing big designs and auditioning
them on the top before marking. I make a full-sized pattern and trace
it off on the wholecloth fabrics. Not so wonderful on dark colours
though,even with a lightbox (OK, patio window and sunshine, same
I can't get the point of a hera marker. I've even watched people who
'know' how to use one making their marks. They don't seem to stay on
for long and maybe my eyesight isn't good enough, but I can't see the
marks well enough in the***place. I use mine for poking and
prodding and sometimes for marking a very temporary line to indicate
quarterings or such like. Another downside is that you have to mark
the quilt already sandwiched, so unless you are drawing round a
template or marking as you go ( on a floor frame for example) it won't
stay on during the backing and batting process.
It might have something to do with the pudginess of battings as well.
More experimentation needed. Back to the lab...
> I bought my pounce ingredients last year, after encouragement from
> reports here: ?I haven't even opened the packet. ?I feel rushed and
> short of time, but I suppose I just use my time wastefully? ?There are
> several 'really must do' things to try when I get back from my little
> >I've been using a method that uses the Golden Threads paper and a pounce pad
> >which looks like a blackboard eraser that has chalk inside.
> >I trace my design on to the paper. ?Then I remove the thread from my
> >machine. ?I stitch the design on the paper making holes just close enough
> >together to not perforate the paper completely. ?To mark the quilt, pin the
> >paper with the bottom side up.....so it's the bumpy side where the holes
> >were punched through. ?Then rub the pounce pad (don't pounce...rub) over the
> >paper so the bumpy holes grab the chalk out of the "eraser". ? The chalk
> >brushes off after quilting. ?There is also a type of chalk that irons off.
> >"Miracle Chalk" is the name, I believe. ? Google it.
> >This works nicely for a couple reasons. ?First, you practice the design with
> >your machine to get a rhythm and muscle memory for the design. ?You can also
> >pin several layers of paper together and get several templates if you think
> >you'll need them. (But you can use one several times.) ?I also like the fact
> >that I can mark my design as the quilt is on the bed of the machine just
> >before I sew it. ?Lay down the paper, swipe the eraser and then stitch away.
> Best Regards
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