So, do you think I have the drawing skills to freehand this little vignette? No, I do not.
Am I crazy enough to carefully trace it onto my fabric and then stitch it? No, I am not.
Do I have some fabric from Thailand? And did I sneaky-stitch along the lines of the print from the back? Yes and yes!
My words of advice about this technique:
- Choose a big print. If you think the print you're considering might be too small, it's too small.
- Avoid very frilly flowers and really detailed leaves. The little veins on these leaves were a pain.
- Make sure your tension is great before you start. What's on the bottom as you stitch will be what's on the top afterward!
- Try to stitch with a thread that contrasts with your print so you can see where you've stitched. I wanted a dark thread on that light green fabric but it made it hard to see where I'd already been while I was stitching.
Print tracing is kind of fun and can be a good beginner exercise because the design is laid out for you, allowing you to focus on the speed and the movement of your hands. Just don't take it too seriously. Consider the print as a guide for your stitching. You aim to follow the pattern but you won't always hit it. That's ok, you won't be able to see the print on the front and so you won't be able to tell where you did and didn't follow the lines.