I first "met" Bird Blocks stitcheries at the Sewing Expo in February in Puyallup. I really adored several of their patterns and bought two. I have since followed one of their suggested methods to get the design onto the fabric you are using - be it a dishtowel or a piece for framing or ?????.
This product is run through your ink-jet printer and the design is put onto the stabilizer. You remove the backing and press-apply the design to the top of your fabric. It is a bit sticky, but re-positionable when first applied. So you get it all set up and then start to do the embroidery through the stabilizer. It is fairly thin, but makes a perfect copy of the design. It is so easy to follow and for me who tends to have shaky hands, I don't have to trace the design.
I followed her suggestions and now I have a lovely piece, without any flecks on it. I don't have a big plan in mind, but will probably do a couple of red borders and frame this. I am very pleased with it.
Have you noticed that I haven't been using my sewing machine? It seems that my sewing room is being used as the storage room while we are away. All the extras are stacked in there. [chaos!!!!] So to keep my hands amused, I'm doing all this embroidery. But it's pleasant.