It doesn't matter if you're doing redwork, embroidery or back basting for applique on a dark background - transfer pencils can be the answer. Transfer designs from paper to fabric with an iron. Trace or draw your design. Just remember these are permanent once you iron them on. I use this pencil to transfer backbasting lines on a dark background fabric that you just can't see through to mark you stitching lines. Comes with a pencil sharpener.
$ 2.25