Ever since I saw the tutorial at Calico Skies, I’ve been using this technique every couple of weeks! I love it. It does take quite a bit of time, but it’s not hard unless you choose a pattern with lots of small areas. Essentially, you stretch nylon fabric over an embroidery hoop, put it face down on your design, and trace the design onto the nylon with a Sharpie. Then, you use Mod Podge to cover the negative space, so paint can’t get through. This is the hardest part. I’ve started doing more complicated designs, so it can get tedious. Then, it needs to dry. Once that’s done, place the embroidery hoop onto the shirt, pour on some paint, and squeegee it! I use those fake credit cards that are sent in the mail from credit card companies begging you to sign up with them. They make great (and free!) squeegees.
First, I made a “bride” shirt to commemorate my recent engagement. I feel a bit too “look at me” when I wear it in public, so I just use it around the house or as a sleep shirt. Next was a shirt for James. He likes riding his bike, and he’s a photographer. Both hobbies sometimes require hi-viz shirts. “How does photography require hi-viz,” you might ask. Well, when you are shooting a cycling race on the side of a highway, you definitely want to be visible to traffic! So, I did a design that combined both those hobbies. I went on to make shirts for others as well. They were always well appreciated and quite fun to do! It’s fun to know I can just make any design I’d like.