Success! The design has been transferred on to dark chocolate colored linen! It always surprises me how much more delicate designs look once they're drawn on to the linen. Some of the delicacy will be lost due to the 'weight' the embroidery will add to it. A small price to pay considering the beauty it will add as well.
I designed this shawl last Autumn, but was hesitant to attempt transferring an embroidery pattern on to dark linen. The October Eves Scarf I made was done not only to test the threads on a linen / rayon combination fabric, but also to test design transfer. I used a black micron pen to transfer the scarf design, much to my regret! It seemed like a good idea. I used an extra thick pen and the design was easy to see, until I mounted it on the slate frame and shone my halogen stitching light on it. Since it was a fairly small design I was able to work with it, but knew it wouldn't work for a large piece like the shawl.
I had a little difficulty transferring the pattern only because I chose to skip the step where I transfer my paper drawing to transfer paper. At the time I didn't realize that transfer paper is available in rolls! I used a light box and transferring was difficult only because the art paper didn't allow as much light to come through, so I added many of the motifs free-hand, which worked out fine. It was the main vines that were really important for placement and I could see those.