Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Why is my pattern on Freezer Paper?

in an effort to use what was on hand

I started using freezer paper for my paper patterns

it was the right size and easy to use

The other day something clicked

I use freezer paper for wool applique

Why not use it for rug hooking?

I drew the pattern on the shiny side

then pressed it to the backing

Now it was easy to place on my light box

(or would have been if I knew where it was)

or tape to a window

Turn so the backing faces you and trace

Super simple!

So get your backing ready

draw up your border lines...

I drew my design on the shiny side of freezer paper

a scant 1/4" smaller than the design

Place shiny side down on backing
press with dry iron

Ta Da!
you are now ready to draw your pattern on the backing

just flip it over onto your light source
the paper lifts off easy when you're done...

I hope this makes sense
I mostly draw my designs directly on the linen
because I design as I go

When purchasing paper patterns from others this 
is my go to now



Saundra said...

I've never used freezer paper for my drawings and for larger antique reproductions I enlarge and tape the sections together. Have also used the rolls of paper church groups use for covering tables for meals. then roll them up and store. Good luck with sales.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Well, duh....why didn't I ever think of that?? LOL. I, too, use freezer paper for applique and this makes perfect sense....although my "preference" is to get patterns on the linen....I don't have a serger and don't care for the other methods of securing edges....and am not crazy about trying to enlarge things, etc. Thanks for sharing! (Now if only I remember!) ~Robin~

Prims By The Water said...

Great idea! Cannot wait to see this oe completed. Janice

Rugs and Pugs said...

I, too, use freezer paper for applique. To put patterns on linen I do not use a light source, so this would not work for me, but very clever.

acorn hollow said...

Great idea!

NMK said...

Clever idea !!! I prefer to buy my patterns already drawn on linen these days too .....I use the light box for punch needle patterns . Thank you for the tip !!!

Robin Leuschen said...

OH MY GOSH !! I never would have thought of that....I used to use tulle and that was super frustrating....I'm just now getting back into hooking , as i had neck and shoulder issues but all better now.... Great idea !!