Waste canvas comes in different counts, like you find for regular cross stitch fabric. The count refers to how many threads or blocks are in an inch of the fabric. 14 count means there are 14 threads, 18 count means there are 18 and so on. The higher the number, the smaller the stitches basically.
To try this, you will need the following:
• Waste canvas, you should be able to find this with cross stitch fabric in your local craft shop. Otherwise, have a look online. I used 14 count, I like that it's still fairly large, but maybe you want to give 18 count a go.
• Fabric, try it with felt, for example. Or maybe some quilting cotton as I have used in my example.
• A normal embroidery needle, not a cross stitch needle. You need to pierce through the fabric.
• Embroidery floss, I used DMC, but use whatever you have in your stash.
• Sewing thread in a colour that isn't white.
• Water soluble pen or a regular pencil.
• Embroidery scissors and small tweezers.
First, prep your embroidery.
Cut a piece of waste canvas, mine was about 4"x4" square (10 x 10cm), but the size isn't terribly important, it just needs to be large enough for your embroidery.
Cut a piece of fabric that is a little bit larger than the waste canvas.
Baste the waste canvas on the right side of the fabric.
If you are stitching a cross stitch pattern, simply start stitching. I prefer starting in the middle, but start wherever feels most comfortable for you.
If you are filling a shape with blackwork (could be cross stitch, too, I guess!), draw the shape with the soluble pen.
Pull at the threads gingerly, yes you can do that. But do experiment, Be careful at first and then gradually apply more force. Obviously you don't want to pull so hard that you ruin your embroidery.
And then you can use the embroidery for your intended project.
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