Block 5 of "Down In The Garden" (designed by Leanne Beasley) is much more stitchery-intensive and was waiting to be prepped. As I usually tape both the pattern and fabric with masking tape onto my conservatory windows, my arms were going to be killing me by the time I'd traced this design! I've got a small A5 size light-box which is ok for small projects, but I really NEEDED a bigger one! I decided that I really needed to invest in a super large light-box. As I hadn't spent ANY money on fabric while I was on holiday I deserved a little treat, so this morning I went on a little jaunt to Felixstowe, and bought this super A3 sized light-box, which is just perfect for tracing stitchery and applique designs. It uses a low energy light bulb, so didn't get too hot when I was busy tracing...
...I always use a Pigma Micron pen, to trace the designs, and I prefer the brown colour. The ink is permanent so you do need a very steady hand. 2 strands of embroidery thread will cover the traced lines perfectly. Now this just needs a thin fusible interfacing fused to the back of the fabric, and I'll be ready to start the stitching this evening while Mr F is watching football on TV!! I'd better hide this light-box, as my youngest daughter (the very crafty one) has already cast an envious eye over it. And if I'm not careful it might be "borrowed" and I'll never see it again!
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These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.