This Article is About
cross stitch fabrics
cross stitch projects
perforated paper
Working With Different And Unusual Cross Stitch Fabrics
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

There are a variety of different and unusual materials that you can use for your cross stitch projects. These include plastic canvas, perforated paper, waste canvas and silk gauze.

Working with Plastic Canvas

Plastic canvas opens up the possibility of working three dimensional projects in cross stitch. A relatively recent innovation, it consists of a rigid but flexible material which can be cut into any pattern, will not fray and can be assembled into a wide variety of shaped objects.

It is readily available in a variety of counts and pre-formed shaped with holes spaced at regular intervals to form a mesh. Stitches are worked over intersections of the mesh which cannot distort and therefore it is not necessary for you to use an embroidery hoop or frame when working on plastic canvas.

Working With Perforated Paper

Perforated paper, sometimes known as stitching paper, enjoyed great popularity during the Vistorian era. The vogue was to use the paper to stitch all manner of small items - bookmarks, needle cases, alphabets, as well as larger mottoes to frame and hang on the wall.

In spite of its apparent fragility it is quite durable, allowing the edges to be cut into any shape without fraying. The revival of interest in Victorian crafts means that supplies are now available again. It can be bought in many colours including gold and silver, and has a count of 14 holes to 1 inch (2.5 cm).

Using a cross stitch frame or hoop is not essential when working with perforated paper, but nevertheless if the paper is put into an embroidery frame it is less likely to be effected from constant handling. Always ensure that you have clean, dry hands before handling perforated paper. Be warned that hand cream can stain the paper thus rendering it useless.

If any small tears do appear in the paper, they can be fixed invisibly with clear sticking tape on the back. You will need to apply the adhesive tape to the area that is torn, smoothing it down over the tear to repair the surface and then you can continue to stitch through the adhesive tape.

Working With Silk Gauze

For those of you who think that small is beautiful, working with silk gauze gives stitchers the opportunity to work on a very tiny scale. Silk gauze, an even count mono canvas made with raw silk fibres, is ideal for jewellery, doll's house projects and miniature framed pictures.

It holds its shape whilst work is in progress, so no hoop is required, and it will not fray or need stretching after work is completed. It can be purchased in rolls if you plan to do a lot of this work, or in small squares which are conveniently mounted into a cardboard frame.

You do need to be able to see the holes clearly if you are going to enjoy working on silk gauze and there are many aids on the market to help - from spectacles to special magnifiers.

Using Waste Canvas

All of the materials listed above have been specifically designed for counted thread embroidery, but the good news is that you are not limited to working only on specialist fabrics. Counted cross stitch can be worked on any fabric which can be pierced with a needle if waste canvas is first applied to the surface of that fabric.

The waste canvas provides the missing holes which act as guidelines for the stitching. It is available in a variety of counts and consists of threads which are woven into an even grid which is held rigidly in place with starch. When work is complete, the waste canvas threads are removed, leaving the stitched design on the surface of your chosen fabric.

Because you are not working on an Aida or evenweave fabric, you will have to form the holes for the stitches yourself, using the holes in the waste canvas as guides. The needle must pierce the exact centre of each hole or the threads will be difficult to remove later.

When two or more stitches share the same hole, check they enter or emerge through the same hole. Working on waste canvas seems simple but it is easy to end up with an untidy result, so you should work with particular care.

Street Talk

I love crafts and have been doing them for many years, this is very interesting and different. Thanks for sharing.

  about 9 years ago
You May Also Like
Cross Stitch Fabrics
Fabrics for cross stitch include aida cloth, cotton evenweave, linen evenweave fabrics and plastic canvas. Note when cutting your fabric, you should add an extra two to three inches around the entire outside to allow for securing your edges as well as for framing. Aida fabric or aida cloth is…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Jan 29, 2014  
  Likes: 1

Calculating How Much Cross Stitch Fabric To Buy
An important part in the preparation stage of any cross stitch project is to calculate how much cross stitch fabric you need to buy. Being able to calculate the eventual size of a cross stitch design means that you will be able to decide how much fabric you need to…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Jan 28, 2014  
  Likes: 3

Choosing A Cross Stitch Pattern
Learning how to pick an easy pattern for a cross stitch project can be simple and fun. There is a huge variety of cross stitching patterns and designs available, whether you are just starting out or are an expert cross-stitcher. From easy cross stitch patterns to the most intricate and…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Hobbies   Jan 29, 2014  
  Likes: 1

Cross Stitch Needles
One of the essential pieces of equipment that should be in a cross stitcher's tool kit is the correct needle. Tapestry needles are ideal for cross stitch. Tapestry needles are excellent for cross stitching because they can be passed easily and smoothly through the holes in the cloth, without going…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Jan 29, 2014  
  Likes: 1

Buy Marble Stone Pot Online at Low Price In India
Give your home and office an ethnic look with the sophisticated flower Marble Pots produces by WowgiftsIndia. We offer a wide-range of Marble Pot which is appropriate for ornamenting the decor of the interiors. Meeting the demands of the home furnishing industry, the handmade flower Marble Pots of high quality…
By: wowgifts in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   May 23, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Hilarious Gag Gifts for Men
Selecting appropriate gag gifts for men can indeed prove to be a more difficult task. Since ages, wrist watches have proved to be ideal gifts for men. In fact, watches are indeed considered as one of the classiest gifts. In fact, these days you need to get acquainted with the…
By: David Beckham in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Feb 28, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Snazaroo Face Paint Kits Are Non-toxic, Great for Parties
If you are looking for a fun activity for your next kid’s birthday party, or to jazz up your next family reunion, then why not consider Snazaroo face paint kits. You can have lots of fun offering to paint everyone’s faces with designs and bright colors. Face paints are also…
By: Reginald Woodie in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Apr 14, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Leather Crafting for the Family
Just don't know what to do with the kids this winter! Well I have an idea that might just make your day. Let the kids and their friends make and create Art.Let them sit down to the hobby table and do leather craft you can buy at a reasonable price…
By: Alicia3 in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Feb 28, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Save When You Buy Cheap Loom Bands Online
If you want to buy cheap loom bands in order to save money, then you have to be aware of where to get these cheap bands. Regardless of where you live, you can buy the bands online. The look bands started like any toy in the playground and now they…
By: worldfashion in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Jul 14, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Jump Ring Madness
Making my first piece of jewelry was a breeze! It came in a kit. Not long after (alright, immediately after) I decided I wanted to do more and headed off, wallet in hand to my local craft shop. I browsed wide-eyed through the jewelry making supply aisles until I was…
By: Peggy1302 in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Aug 15, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Cheap Beads - Make Beautiful Jewelry Using Beads
The process of using beads for jewelry making is not new in fact, beads it is difficult to trace in history, and find out, since when the beads are used for jewelry making. The world is full of beautiful articles of jewelry which is made of beads; cheap beads are…
By: worldfashion in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Aug 20, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Easy Purchase Of Cheap Beads
Trendy people are finding beads more attractive than before and therefore demanding more beads in their fashion items. Beads are components that are used in various wear and also used in the manufacture of jewelry for fashion lovers. While most of the beads are imported after being purchased, finding cheap…
By: worldfashion in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Aug 13, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Impeccable Wholesale Charms
Wholesale charms fall under craft and accessories group and are occasionally characterized in the major class of beading supplies by many online fashion sites that offer them to their regular clients. These sites have various selections of charms in bulk including the likes of wine glass and jewelry charms, necklace…
By: worldfashion in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Aug 12, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Important Facts About Wooden Beads
Human life is going in a very funny cycle. Many of the objects of fashion in times past are now been brought to the fore again. Beads were part of the fashionable items in times past. But the humans in their quest for something more than gold and silver have…
By: worldfashion in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Jul 17, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Jewelry Beads for Jewelry Making
Jewelry beads are unique form of beads that are used in the making of jewelry and other stylish wearable. The demand of these beads in today’s contemporary world has prompted the setting of numerous online stores experienced in jewelry and bead business. The beads are in most cases imported to…
By: worldfashion in  Home and Family  >  Crafts Supplies   Aug 14, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 3511    Report this Article