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MoonChyld3
« on: September 06, 2006 10:17:36 AM »

So I bought some waste fabric last night and brought it home, completely expecting the typical even-grid cross stitch canvas I've used before. I don't know if I got the wrong kind or if this is just what it looks like, but the rows are different widths....I drew a picture to show what I mean:



So my question is....where do I put my needle to make my stitches? Am I just going to have really big X's?
I guessed and started making my X using the large squares, but it makes a really obvious "X" instead of the neat little box I'm used to. (By the way, I am using this to cross stitch on fleece)

Any help would be really really appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2006 10:53:38 AM »

Yes, you stitch through the big X.  Use more strands of whatever fiber you're using if the X's seem rather sparse.  If you're using 6 stranded cotton, remember to separate the strands and then reassemble them before threading your needle; the stitches will lay prettier. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2006 10:57:38 AM »

That's a good idea about separating and reassembling the strand! Thanks for the advice!! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2006 11:07:45 AM »

I always use masking tape around the edges of the waste canvas because it will ravel when you are using it, plus it is a little rough.
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2006 11:21:06 AM »

That's a good idea too, paroper, thanks!

So, if I understand this correctly - I should stitch like this?

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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2006 11:29:00 AM »

Yes, ma'am.  That's the way it's done.

And the separating thing should be done for all fabrics, not just waste canvas.

You may want to test the tape on the waste canvas before you getting to stitching.  If it leaves a sticky residue behind it could booger up your hard work.  Undecided 

Have fun!  And be sure to post your finished work. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2006 11:35:21 AM »

Thanks, fidget!! I hope it comes out ok, I have a picture in my head but that picture looks more like typical cross stitch  Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2006 05:23:37 AM »

Glad to be of help, MoonChyld3.   However you've imaged the results is probably pretty close to what it will look like since, after all, you are doing cross stitch but just on a much larger grid. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2006 02:05:10 PM »

Just one more tip.....the fabric softens really quickly in water (!donstitch under the shower) but is still a bugger to pull the threads out. I used tweezers to get out each one at a time. It seems like itll take forever but it doesnt and it sooo saves your fingers.
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2006 02:17:58 PM »

Oh, yes. Tweezers is the way to go when removing the waste canvas.  I have found it easier if you take out all the threads from the top/bottom (warp) or side (weft/woof) first and then go back for the other side.  The second set will be easier to remove than the first.
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