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« on: March 24, 2009 06:45:19 PM »

I've seen a few examples of stitching on window screens and thought it was cool.  Then yesterday in my weekly jaunt through Dollar Tree I found plastic placemat  that look just like screens.

They come in black and white, and I got the wicked idea to do a white work border on the black one and vice versa on the white one. My only worry is the rough edges on the mats snagging floss.

Has anyone already tried this?  Please let me know, and if I get a result I can live with I'll post!

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009 08:06:20 PM »

I haven't but I'm really curious. I know that on the completed needlework board someone did a project on a screen. You might want to check that out.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2009 02:28:26 PM »

are the place mats plastic, like oil cloth? If so what I found is easiest with that is to plot out your pattern first and determine where/ what kind of stitches.  Then poke a hole first where every stitch will be. This makes it easier for fraying when you come up through the bottom of the piece.

If its actual screen I use the plastic (?? maybe its vinyl ??), ultra flexible kind and haven't had any problems with snagging. It has very small holes, perfect for the floss.  The plastic is very smooth compared with the metal or old school screening with the larger squares.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009 04:49:29 PM »

Mafiosagrrl,  the holes are already there...the mat actually looks like a piece of window screen, but in plastic.

Last night I experimented with some cross stitches in the white one with black thread...it worked well, so now I just have to find a pattern chart that I like.  But I did run into one small problem...

My cats like the place mats, too...as dental floss and emory boards!  Undecided 

All cats love plastic, but now I have to replace the white mat  because of  chew holes and nail marks!  Thank God it was only a dollar.  I'll have to securely store these while I'm working on them!  Wink

Thanks for the suggestions, ladies!
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2009 10:37:33 PM »

Oh no, silly kitties!!! They do the darndest things...
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