Have you ever tried?? I have picture the scene... it was the night before the first class of term, the only thing left to do was transfer this Octopus design onto a few pieces of felt for my students to start stitching the next day... and ALL of my go to methods failed me. Nightmare!
The problem is that usual methods just don't work on felt. For a start, you can't see through it, so light box methods don't work. I had made stencils of my design, but it turns out that pens don't work at all because the felt is too, well, felty... or they bleed into the felt, so by the next day the pattern is well, just one big blob! Transfer pencil? Nope! Hopeless! The iron was so hot that it scorched the (acrylic) felt and only left the faintest of marks.
So what happened? Well, many hours of trying, and I had a few half scorched, blurry Octopodes on some felt! And, a vow never to use felt for class again!
But then, well, Xmas was coming, and you know, Felt and Xmas go together hand in crafty hand, don't they?! This time, I did my research well in advance, and finally, I found out about Sticky Fabri Solvy... Printable, Stickable, Washable! Perfecto!
So how do you use it?
It's soooo easy! You print (or draw) your design on to the Solvy, remove the backing, stick it onto your felt and stitch through it. When you've finished stitching, just soak the work in cold water, let it dry, and you're done!
Pre-Shrink Your Fabric
If you're using felt with wool content, soak it in cold water to pre-shrink it first. Roll it in a towel to remove excess water and let it dry flat.
Transferring the Design:
If you have a digital design all you need to do is use your computer printer to print onto a sheet of Solvy. You could also use a photocopier.
Stitching the Design
Once you've finished all your stitching, it's time to remove the Fabri Solvy
Ta da! Such a simple way to transfer designs to felt. It also works for other thick and napped fabrics, such as velvet, and also dark fabrics - or dark, and napped fabrics, like this Snowflake design worked on darkest purple fabric. Lush!
The only caveat is that if your fabric has loose dye, perhaps it's very dark, or it's hand-dyed fabric, the loose dye will stain your stitching when you wash the Solvy away... Aargh!