If you’re mainly a needlepointer, you may never have used waste canvas. This canvas opens up a whole new world of places to put needlepoint.
The idea behind waste canvas is simple. You baste it onto a non-countable ground, do your stitching, wet the canvas, and then pull out the threads. The result is needlepoint or counted cross stitch on fabric.
When my kids were little I used waste canvas to embellish lots of clothes. The bunny pictured above is one I did. They remain some of my favorite pieces of needlepoint. So easy to do and such a great effect.
Waste canvas is readily available at chain craft stores. Combine it with floss from the same store, clothing you have on hand, and a freebie design and you have a unique piece often in an hour or two.
I also love the wonderful therapy of pulling out the threads of the canvas; it’s great for getting out frustrations.
If you’ve never used waste canvas before, it’s wonderful to see the whole process. The blog, On Awesome Avenue has posted a tutorial on how to use waste canvas. A big thanks to Denise at Craft Gossip for pointing this out.