Saturday, May 5, 2012

Citra Solv Image Transfer Tutorial

A couple weeks ago I shared some transferred image embroidery hoop art that I've been creating using Citra Solv. I had a great response from people asking for a tutorial so I put one together for you! Enjoy!

Find the right sized embroidery hoop you want to work with and cut out a piece of very light-weight fabric. I used white muslin. I have tried thicker fabric like drop cloth with poor results, so you need something very thin to achieve a nice transfer.

Next, make a copy of the image you want to use on a TONER copier - like a xerox. I have also heard that laser printer copies work with Citra Solv too, but I have only tried toner copies. If your image has words make sure you print out a reverse copy. You can transfer images with color too. 

Then of course you will need Citra Solv. I purchased mine on

Flip your image face down on the center of your fabric. Tape or pin in place. 

Brush over the back of your image until you can see the picture clearly. 

Take the back of a spoon and rub, rub, rub, all over the image for a few minutes. Use a lot of pressure. I go over the image 3 or 4 times rubbing in different directions to make sure I didn't miss a spot. 

Remove the paper and you're left with your transferred image. (This is the first time I've used white fabric and I have to say I'm not entirely impressed. I have much better luck with cream colored muslin. I get a much more even transfer.) Iron your fabric to evaporate any Citra Solv and place in your hoop.  

Once you have tightened the screw at the top of your hoop. Go around a couple times pulling the fabric until it's stretched nice and tight in the hoop. 

Trim your excess fabric. Leave enough to fold down over the back of the hoop. 

Use hot glue to secure the extra fabric to the hoop to hold everything in place. 

Such a quick, easy project with so many possibilities!! They get kind of addicting! Have fun! Let me know how yours turn out!

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  1. I was one of the ones needing more info - Thanks a bunch. I bought my CitraSolv and was going to try and transfer, but did not know to NOT put it in a plastic cup. It ate slowly through as I was preparing to start. What a mess to clean up. I'll try your method now!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  2. Oh how creative. Thanks for the tutorial. I need to get some Citra Solv and give this a try. Love the idea. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  3. This is so cute. Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

  4. It looks nice, the silhouette came out pretty clear and it also looks distressed. I like this project, thank you for sharing.

  5. Looks great! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  6. this is sweet! super cute! i would love for you to add this to my weekend link party. check it out here:
    {love} lauryn @

  7. That is an adorable project and a great tutorial! I'm pinning this for future reference. Thanks!

  8. That is way too awesome, I have used citra sold a lot and didn't know I could use it for projects like this one! I'm going to become addicted now, I know it :). Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this! I have had a bottle of Citra Solv sitting around waiting for a little inspiration. Can't wait to try this - your project turned out so great!

  10. That is just so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing this with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday! :-)


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