I want to explore "pattern darning" or "kogin" style embroidery, which looks like this:
The patterns consist of straight lines in a regular grid, like this:
Usually this is done on a fabric with thicker threads and an even weave (like aida). However, I want to embroider a much finer fabric, so I cannot use the threads of the fabric as a grid. In theory I could count several threads, but those threads are too hard to see, so that's not a viable option.
So I used a piece of paper, drew a grid on it and poked holes for the grid with a needle. Then I transferred the grid onto fabric by marking a dot through each hole with a water soluble marker. I tried that approach with a 2 x 2 mm and a 1.5 x 1.5 mm grid. The result worked well, but making and transferring the grids is a lot of work. For a 10 cm sampler I have to mark several hundred dots.
Is there a quicker method of transferring a fine grid onto fine fabric in a way I can erase / dissolve the grid when I'm finished?
Things I considered include:
- Water soluble embroidery interfacing, but I still need to transfer the grid onto the interfacing first.
- The historical method of dusting the grid pattern with charcoal powder (each hole in the paper leaves a dot of charcoal on the fabric), but the dots disappear when handling the fabric.
- Rolling a spike wheel over carbon paper, but that poses the challenge of aligning each new line evenly and the carbon is not water soluble.
- Pulling threads in regular intervals leaves marks on the finished piece.