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Thursday, January 24, 2008

What Is Waste Canvas?

I received several emails yesterday, from stitcher's who weren't familiar with waste canvas. I was asked if I would go into a more detailed description of what it is and how I use it to stitch on crazy quilts. First, here is an excerpt from my book:

Waste Canvas is a loosely woven mesh, coated with starch. Originally created for stitching charted designs on non-cross stitch fabric such as tee-shirts, the mesh is gridded with a blue thread every 5 stitches.

Waste Canvas 1

Waste Canvas 2

The purpose for using Waste Canvas in crazy quilting is to create perfectly sized and spaced stitches. With Waste Canvas, the stitches are counted out rather than free-handed.

Waste Canvas offers endless possibilities for borders using basic stitches:

Sunflower Purse

The Waste Canvas is pinned or basted into position and working from the charted pattern, the stitches are counted out and duplicated on the block:

Working With Waste Canvas 1

Once the border is complete, the Waste Canvas threads are pulled out one by one, from under the stitches:

Working With Waste Canvas 2

And I must tell you, pulling those Waste Canvas threads out is way more fun than it should be! I mean honestly, I love that part!!!!

So that's what Waste Canvas is all about. It's available in 3 sizes, 14 count, 10 count and 8.5 count. For a beginner, I recommend 10 count or 8.5 count. I use all three sizes depending on my project.

I hope this basic explanation helps. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

I was also asked about available payment methods. For US Residents only, I can accept US Money Orders. For international payments, I accept PayPal. Payment can be made with a credit card through PayPal. Ordering and payment can be made through my Etsy shop. Again, the book will be available somewhere between February 7th and February 10th.


Outi said...

It's also worth noting that crafters with cross reactive pollen allergies or with allergy to corn, wheat and/or potato should withdraw from using waste canvas or at least be aware that they may not be able to use it for health reasons - I am one of them. :P

Therefore I use slippery linens as substitute. Here's link to my little how-to:

Lelia said...

Great Information! Thx : )

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Ummm...if I don't have access to PayPal can I still use a credit card from Canada?? (I hope, I hope)

Pam Kellogg said...

Magpies Mumblings, please email me when you have a moment and I'll help you out with payment options.

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