Wednesday, 14 January 2015
A new technique for me!
Then I got drawn into patchwork and quilting - and cross stitch has taken a back seat ever since.
When the latest 'Round Robin landed with me, a request to add a pear to a piece of text printed fabric to replicate a crate of pears wrapped for storage, I thought that I'd try a technique I'd never tried before - cross stitch with waste canvas.
My start point was finding out (inevitably!) that the software I'd used for several years didn't work with the operating system that I have on the current PC!
Then I mentally simplified it a bit more, grabbed the green threads from the embroidery floss drawers (oh the bliss of having a thread stash!), pinned my aida to the printed fabric, and off I went!
Now came the bit that required a bit of courage - removing the canvas from between the cross stitches and the print fabric! I knew the theory but had never actually tried it before - and this seemed quite a big piece to be trying it out on!
I did briefly wonder about leaving the canvas in but fringed, as an extra layer around the pear....it would have been less work, but not quite the effect that I wanted!
I kept going and was pleased with the finished effect! The cross stitch is neat and regular, as you'd expect, but with a more exciting background than the single colour canvas that would usually be seen.
How would you use it? I can remember books suggesting that it was used for monogramming items, but I don't think that we're a monogramming sort of family (!), so I'll just be using it to add small motifs onto items, I think.