I've been asked to do the embroidery for another elevation cloak, this time for someone I know well. It's a secret so no further details than that until after the fact, but I am planning on doing the order insignia on a morse rather than on the cloak itself, as this is more appropriate for the persona in question and will look less like a football jersey than a lot of the cloaks that are out there. Plus I think the person will actually wear the blasted thing if we do it this way.
Anyway, the cloak will be wool. I was thinking I would do the morse in velvet, partly so I can incorporate more of the personal heraldry and also it won't stretch as much. Plus I won't need to do tons of underside couching to cover something ugly (yay for that!) The thing I am wondering is how best to transfer a fairly intricate design onto the velvet? The best suggestion (ok the only reasonable one really) is over at Needle'n'Thread and suggests using a combination prick-n-pounce and paint. This seems like it would work but also sounds like a huge PITA. Is there as easier way? If not, that's what I'll do, it just seems like we would have come up with a magic pen or other transfer device that was simpler than this by now.