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« on: November 24, 2009 01:32:09 PM »

I got some 30s style hand towels from Joanne's because I want to do some sort of cross stitching project for my Dad, reminiscent of my late grandmother (his mom). Then I realized they weren't necessarily designed for x stitching, just embroidery in general, and I've never tried x stitching without a gridlike fabric. Is there something simple and inexpensive I can do, or am I better off exchanging the towels for something more x stitch friendly?

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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2009 01:43:55 PM »

How about overlaying an iron-on grid and stitching on that? I think there's also some kind of white aida cloth that you can baste onto your towel and then remove the filaments after you've done your stitching, but I'm still new to this, so I'm not sure what it's called. :p

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2009 02:15:23 PM »

It is called Waste Canvas-- it keeps its shape until you get it wet then it softens to pull it out!!
here is a link to the info -- http://crossstitch.about.com/od/glossa2/g/wastecanvas.htm

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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2009 06:05:36 PM »

I wanna try the waste canvas-that looks really cool.

« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2009 08:04:16 PM »

Its pretty cool stuff!! 
I used it a month ago for the first time. I made the death note "L" on a Tshirt for my son.
Only made a couple misplaced stitches!!

« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009 10:30:19 AM »

I dont really like using waste canvas... Sad
Just my humble opinion, but the XXX dont come out as neat and nice as on Aida or linnen.
My suggestion would be: work on a band of Aida or linnen and then sew it on the tea towel. It will guarantee you a neat finish, and will aloow you to stich very intrincate designs, as nobody will see the back part of it. Yoou can add laces, rik raks, bias, etc... as you please.
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Wishing you the best of luck!

« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010 07:03:04 PM »

I've used both the iron on grid transfer and waste canvas.  The hardest thing with both techniques is getting them straight on your fabric. 

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