I'VE NEVER EMBROIDERED BEFORE!
Where do I start?
Right here! Since 2001, the mission of Sublime Stitching is to offer contemporary designs, instructions that make sense, encouragement for newbies, and inspiration for continuing stitchers.
Is embroidery hard to do?
Nope. It's easy, inexpensive, relaxing, rewarding and fun. With iron-on transfers, there are no charts to follow or rows to count. You simply follow the lines in stitches of your choice.
What's the best first project for me or a friend?
Get my Ultimate Embroidery Kit! It has everything you need to start (and continue) embroidering!
What if I just get patterns and no kit?
Every Sublime Stitching pattern includes a basic how-to for starting in embroidery and stitch lesson. You can always visit my How-To section or get my book Embroidered Effects (Chronicle Books) for more in-depth instructions on embroidery.
Does the ink from the iron-on patterns wash out?
No. The ink from the transfer patterns does not wash out. Please be sure to read the instructions before using them! I don’t want you to be disappointed with the results. I know you’re excited to start stitching, but test on scrap fabric first so you get the hang of it.
NOTE: Some stitchers have reported success in washing out the transfer lines by using a Tide To-Go stain pen, or by spraying with Zout, letting it sit a while, and then using Oxyclean. (I haven't tested this myself, but several customers have reported getting the lines out completely with these methods.)
Are these patterns only for embroidery?
Nope! These patterns will also transfer to wood, heavy paper, leather, canvas (to be used as a template for painting or wood burning), or glue and glittering...whatever you can think of.
Do you sell individual skeins of Sublime Floss?
Need a few extra skeins of Raspberry Whip? Used up all your Eyeliner? Just email me! I'll take care of you. I don't have individual colors listed on the website because it's too expensive to ship from the warehouse.
How do you transfer and use the iron-on designs?
Complete instructions for transferring the designs come with the patterns. Sublime Stitching transfers are multi-imprinting iron-on patterns that leave an outline on fabric for you to stitch. You can expect approximately 3-8 imprints (or more) from each design depending on how hot your iron is and how long and hard you press with the iron. The patterns are designed to inspire different combinations so you can mix and match to make your own unique compositions!
Do you have color guides?
Yes. There are two versions of color examples in every downloadable, PDF version of the patterns. There is also a printed color example included in the BIG Sheet transfer packs. The single-pack embroidery transfers do not come with a color example, but one is included with the PDF, which comes automatically with the iron-on pattern.
Why don't the color guides also come in the standard size iron-on transfer patterns?
It would be too expensive for me to include two full-color sheets with the smaller iron-on transfers. The price of the patterns would have to be raised significantly, and who wants that?
For beginners, I recommend learning these three, basic outlining stitches: split stitch, back stitch and stem stitch. How to work these stitches, examples of what they look like, and when you might choose to use them can be found in my How-To section. These same diagrams are also included in every PDF of patterns! To learn even more stitches, how to work them, and the type of effects they achieve check find a copy of my book, Embroidered Effects. There are endless possibilities for where and how to stitch your stitches.
What is a PDF?
This is a downloadable file of the patterns that is emailed to you immediately upon purchase that you print out yourself. You'll need either my Fine Tip Transfer Pen or Carbon Transfer Paper to do this. Complete instructions for each method of transferring the designs by hand are included with the PDF.
Which pattern format should I choose?
Here is a full explanation of iron-on transfers vs. PDFs!
I purchased a PDF file and now I can't find it. Will you resend it to me?
Yes, but please check out PDF Troubleshooting first!
I'm looking for a pattern of...
Looking for something specific you can't find? Just ask me!
ORDERING / SHIPPING
When will my order ship?
Orders ship Monday-Friday typically the same day via USPS, and for customers in the United States, should arrive within 2-3 days. If your package seems to be taking longer than usual or you didn't receive tracking info, contact me!
Do you ship internationally? How long does it take?
Yes. Sublime Stitching ships internationally. You should receive your order within approximately two weeks. For more information, please see under "International Shipments" in the Terms of Sale. Sublime Stitching kits and patterns can also be found in numerous shops internationally, so be sure to check my retailer listings.
Can you combine multiple orders into one shipment?
Unfortunately, it's not possible to combine multiple orders that have been placed separately (and are already in queue, may be already packed) into one shipment.
Do you have a store?
I don't. The only place you can buy the entire line of Sublime Stitching goods is right here on my website. And, you can find Sublime Stitching products at these shops.
Do you offer wholesale?
Yes! Contact me to inquire about a wholesale account.
Can I sell what I make with your patterns?
With a signed licensing agreement, yes. If you would like to sell what you make with Sublime Stitching patterns you must first be approved for licensing. In order to apply and learn more about this, please read about Sublime Stitching Licensing here.
Maybe! You are welcome to contact me with your project-related questions. I can't guarantee I'll have the answers, but I try.
Do you donate a portion of sales to any charities or orgs?
Yes, I do:
How do I get a pattern onto dark fabric?
White Carbon Transfer Paper is what you need if the fabric is not soft or spongy. If it is, use T-Shirt Stabilizer by applying it topside to your fabric and then transferring the pattern onto the stabilizer. (Instructions for doing this come inside each pack.)
How do I make my own patterns?
One of the easiest ways is with Carbon Transfer Paper or my Fine Tip Transfer Pens.
How do I make iron-on patterns like the ones I purchased from you?
Sublime Stitching iron-on transfers are created with a proprietary, industrial process that can’t be duplicated at home. However, my Fine Tip Transfer Pens will create a pattern that you can imprint more than once just like my transfers!
Can I suggest a pattern idea or an artist for you to collaborate with?
Absolutely! I love to hear what you'd like to stitch and your favorite artists you'd like to see in embroidery.
If you have an online portfolio you are welcome to send the link to me, but please do not submit unsolicited materials.
Do you teach workshops?
I traveled the US for fifteen years teaching embroidery workshops from coast-to-coast. I am not currently offering in-person workshops, but I may again! Who knows? Online classes? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Where can I see more of your artwork?
Please visit jennyhartstudio.com