Friday 20 May 2016

The dilemma of vintage transfers ... to use or not to use?

Somewhere in the world there is a solution
 and an epigram for every dilemma!

I have some beautiful vintage transfers and although some of them I would love to see as embroidery I feel torn apart about using them, especially the ones in the dear little booklets I have just collected.  Do any of you feel the same?

Fear no more because one of my regular lovely readers of my blog Julie  (K C Court) got in touch with me and told me what she does so that she can use the transfer but not use it in a way that is gone forever or indeed torn from a booklet or cut out in anyway, therefore preserving its history and being.

When you see a transfer you would like to use then make sure it is the correct way up (on the darker side of the transfer) and photo copy it then use a pen to trace it and then iron that onto your linen or cotton.  Not just any pen mind, there are two kinds of pen that Julie recommends.

Julie says:

I have lots of transfers that once belonged to my grandmother that I don't want to use, then I discovered.............  I photocopy the transfers and use these  starting using this pen, pleased with the results. transfers when iron in 'vintage transfer blue'  washes out at 40 degrees, washed one item yesterday it came out using pure cotton, trying again today with the same fabric just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, will let you know the results...                                                                                                                                          Expensive, washes out if using a very hot wash on pure cotton or linen,

So there you have it, Thanks to Julie and she will inform me of her second trial on the first pen and I will report back to you all or maybe she will write her findings on here in the comments.  Now we can use our beautiful vintage transfers but still keep them intact for prosperity and further generations .....

Have a wonderful weekend and as always Happy Stitching!


  1. I washed and iron a second piece and was pleased with the results which can be seen here
    Julie xxxxxxx

    1. Thank you Julie for sharing your knowledge ... Much appreciated!

      Sarah xxxx

  2. I did mention you in my post too

    Julie xxxxxx