When you want to stitch any form of counted needlework (needlepoint or cross stitch) on fabric, you use waste canvas.
Made like mono canvas, you baste on the waste canvas with wide margins and use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut.
It’s lots of fun to do and gives great results. The not fun part happens when you need to remove the waste canvas. Until now, you did that thread by thread, pulling out each thread.
It’s lots of work.
Earlier this month DMC introduced an innovative product — water soluble waste canvas. To remove it, take out your basting and soak it in a bowl of hot, soapy water for 10-15 minutes.
For needlepoint, you will have to be sure to use threads that are washable in hot water. This limits what you can use. But it’s a terrific idea.
It comes only in 14 count and is sold by the 8 x 8.5 inch piece.