I just have to tell you about my latest discovery. Okay, perhaps it won't be a revelation to you at all. Maybe I'm the only one that didn't know about this wonderful item that takes the headache out of transferring designs from paper to fabric. It's aptly named a 'transfer pencil'.
You use this pencil to draw or trace the design onto tracing paper, then place the paper onto fabric you want to put the design on (with the pencil marks facing down). Iron over the design at the temperature setting appropriate for fabric (eg. set iron temp. setting to 'linen' if the fabric is linen). After pressing you can remove the tracing paper and the design should now show up on your fabric. It's that easy!
I won't even go into some of the other ways I used to transfer designs onto fabric for my embroidering. Let's just say I won't be using my old techniques now that I've discovered this handy pencil.
As you can see, my tracing paper is littered with some designs I want to embroider soon. The only thing I would warn you of in case you've not used a transfer pencil before is that you should realize the designs will be a mirror image - so keep this in mind if you're transferring things like monograms.