For those of you who painstakingly trace Burda Style patterns from the magazines or for those of you who lovingly trace their vintage or modern patterns to avoid damaging the originals I think I have found a great solution…
It goes under the name of Bleached White Acid Free Tissue Paper and comes in a roll of 25 sheets each measuring 500mm x 750mm and Rymans sell this stuff for £4.99! Though it doesn’t appear to be available online yet, unfortunately.
Up until recently I have been using Burda tracing paper which I have been getting from Jaycotts online, where I get quite a lot of my supplies. It is great stuff and good quality but each pack contains only 5 sheets, size 110 x 150cm for £2.54.
Much like the Burda trace, the Rymans tissue is coated/shiny on one side and matt on the reverse and if you iron it (on a cool setting) much like pattern tissue, it has enough static cling to keep it in position as you trace. But the quality is not as good, it has to be said and tears much more readily. No more so than regular pattern tissue so its no biggie as far as I’m concerned.
Asides from tracing patterns, and adjusting patterns, I also use it to trace templates for my quilt blocks using a trick I learned as a kid:
How to trace and create cardboard templates
If you don’t have a photocopier at the ready, this is a quick and quite satisfying alternative to making templates with readily available materials.
With the original image underneath, place the tissue paper on top, shiny side up, and trace over the lines using a ruler and a softish pencil, like a grade B. I have used an HB pencil and it works but the results are lighter.
Turn the tracing over so it is face down on some card and being careful to hold it in place, rub over the back of the lines with the same pencil, applying even pressure, and the image will transfer onto the card.
You may need to go over the lines again – using a ruler and pencil – if they are too light, before you cut them out.
Incidentally I cut out and save the fronts and back panels of cereal boxes so I always have a stash of card for this and many of the children’s crafting projects.
Make sure you label the templates and store them safely so they are readily available whenever you need them in the future.
And I imagine I will be using them again and again… and again, for my quilt…. 80 times over in fact… but I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that!