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Waste Canvas?

shannonmgarvey | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi. I posted a bulletin earlier asking you all for your suggestions regarding a project I want to work on. I appreciate all of your help so much. You all have definitely given me different options to explore and I’ve learned quite a bit on the subject of hand embroidery from it. Thank you so much!

I was hoping someone could help me further with waste canvas. I think it might be one of the better ways to go with my project (I want to put a pretty big logo on the back of a hoodie and a name on the front left chest).

Does waste canvas come in black since the hoodie and thread I’ll be using will be black? Will satin stitches work on waste canvas? Anyone know where I can purchase a good size of waste canvas? (anything I have found thus far is in small squares and rectangles) Will waste canvas work with knit or fleece fabrics?

Thanks again,


  1. shannonmgarvey | | #1

    One more thing I forgot to include in my first post:

    The design I will be stitching has a few borders and the inside won't be stitched. Probably the best way to describe it is that it has a few rectangles where the outside border of the rectangle will be stitched but the inside (which will make a smaller rectangle) will not be stitched and hopefully the fabric from the garment will show.


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    Becky-book | | #2

    Waste canvas comes in white with blue lines to help count rows and stitches. It is intended for counted cross stitch patterns. The threads that make up the canvas are woven in specific sizes (11 count, 14 count) telling you how many stitches to the inch. This canvas is basted over the hoodie to give you a grid to work the stitches in; then when the work is done, the canvas is moistened to dissolve the starch that held it together and the white threads are entirely removed leaving your embroidery on the hoodie. You don't want black waste canvas, it would be too hard to see.  If you can't find a piece big enough for the entire design, you could use several separate pieces, just make sure the grids line up when you baste it to the hoodie.

    Yes it will work on sweatshirt type material (I've done several). Make sure you baste it on very carefully. don't stretch the fabric, make sure it is straight or else your box will look like it is falling over!

    Satin stitch is not usually a part of counted cross stitch patterns but perhaps if you used a small mesh canvas (18 count or 22 count) you could do something like a satin stitch over it.

    Remember: the waste canvas is to be removed so make sure you don't pierce any of its threads as you stitch.

    One removal technique:

    cut away most of the exposed canvas leaving a small amount around the embroidery. Now moisten this until it is soft and pliable.  Using tweezers carefully pull out the canvas threads.  Snip threads between words and pull from each end.

    It sounds tedious but it's not too hard to do.

    Hope this helps,


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