How to stitch on plastic canvas

By helencrazymag, Fri, 2015-12-04 11:09
Stitching with plastic canvas

1 Plastic canvas comes in a range of different counts and colours, and you can stitch on it using any thread that you like. When choosing a motif, go for one with a simple outline, to make cutting it out easier. Also, choose a design that contains whole cross stitch and backstitch only, like our cupcake toppers, as you can’t work fractionals or French knots on plastic canvas. For most designs you’ll need 14-count plastic canvas and a size 24 tapestry needle, as normal.

2 If you don’t want to use the whole sheet of canvas, cut out just enough for your design, leaving 5cm (2in) all the way around to give you something to hold on to – you can’t put plastic canvas in a hoop or frame. When using two strands of stranded cotton on 14-count canvas, start off with the loop method and work over one bar of the canvas. Finish as usual by working your needle through stitches on the reverse side.


3 It’s difficult to mark plastic canvas as a cutting guide, so just cut freehand. Always leave one whole square of canvas around the edges, so your stitches don’t slip out. Don’t use fabric scissors (keep those sharp!), and just snip slowly and carefully. For a neat finish, trim off any bumps along the edge of the plastic.

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