Monday, January 30, 2006

Beginning to sew

Originally uploaded by Jam_mam.

Using backstitch and one strand of Anchor stranded thread (black) I stitched around the design over the lines marked on the canvas.

Waste canvas is really easy to use. Don't be put off if you haven't used it before. The stitches are worked through the holes in the canvas using it as a guide for fabrics which are not evenweave. Usually used for cross stitch the technique can also be used to apply other embroideries to materials it would otherwise be difficult to produce even stitches on. linda at Chloe's place uses it to sew the crosses which are the framework for her chicken scratch.

Another advantage of using waste canvas is that once tacked onto the fabric underneath it provids enough suport to the fabric that no hoop is needed making it easy to hold the pece in your hand as you sew.

In this phot I have also started to fill in the little finger shape with a blackwork pattern.

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