Waste canvasUse waste canvas when you want to stitch a design on a non-stitching fabric, such as a tee-shirt or a hat. Tack the waste canvas over the area to be stitched, and stitch through the waste canvas holes onto the fabric beneath. Then pull out the waste canvas threads to reveal the design beneath. is great for adding cross stitch designs to all sorts of different fabrics. Here's a step-by-step guide to working with it:
Cut a piece of waste canvasUse waste canvas when you want to stitch a design on a non-stitching fabric, such as a tee-shirt or a hat. Tack the waste canvas over the area to be stitched, and stitch through the waste canvas holes onto the fabric beneath. Then pull out the waste canvas threads to reveal the design beneath. 5-10cm(2-4in) larger than the finished design will be. Position the canvas centrally in the area where the design is to be stitched. It is important to make sure the canvas threads are aligned with the straight grain of the fabric. Tack securely.
Begin in the centre of the canvas and work the cross stitch through the holes in the canvas and the fabric at the same time. Use a stabbing action when stitching, working each half cross stitchUsed by designers in addition to full cross stitch to add depth and dimension to their cross stitch designs. Half cross stitch should be worked in the direction of the top arm of the cross stitch so that it ties in with the rest of the design. individually. Try to aim for the centre of each canvas square and work adjacent stitches into the same hole.
Continue working the cross stitch until the design has been completed. Check that all the stitches have been worked as evenly as possible - uneven stitches will be more visible when you have removed the canvas. Remove the tacking thread and trim the canvas to 2.5cm from the design.
Hold the waste canvas and move it around carefully to loosen the threads a little. Fray the canvas threads at one side to create a fringe and then pull the remaining threads out one at a time. Tweezers can be useful to pull the threads out. Finally, press the stitching on the wrong side.