1. Home
Send to a Friend via Email

What About Waste Canvas?

By July 27, 2009

Follow me on:

Waste canvas is a water soluble grid of fibers that may be basted onto fabric and used as a guide for placement of stitches. In other words, waste canvas turns almost any fabric into Cross Stitch fabric.

When stitching is complete, moistening the fibers of the grid enables you to pull them out. Or you can follow Kaos' Waste Canvas tip for removal. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to next time I use waste canvas.

What about you? Do you use waste canvas? Let us know by voting in the poll.

Be sure to share your waste canvas tips and stories with us. Use this form to ensure your tips and stories will be seen by stitchers seeking help.

More on Waste Canvas:


July 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm
(1) cdiva says:

Tried waste canvas once, well, twice. Cross stitched on sweatshirt. Didn’t like the result. Frogged it, re-did it, frogged again and gave up. Used so much basting I could barely see to stitch and still not all my corners lined up. Maye I’m too much of a perfectionist.

August 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm
(2) Tea says:

I never have a problem with it! Just finished an owl on a T shirt. I never baste in place, i just use several dress pins and a hoop with tissue under it to protect the clothing.
I use waste cloth at least once a mo. or more… you know there is some new type of waste canvas that is water soluble so that you don’t have to remove the threads, has anyone tried it?
Really thought there would be more of an interest to this topic and also thought Connie might mention the new type of waste canvas..maybe she did and i read too fast, anyway, to me the only part that requires patience is removing the waste threads; its true if you get it too wet you have to wait for it to be just damp so that the removal is easy.

August 5, 2009 at 7:24 am
(3) Connie G. Barwick, About.com Cross Stitch Guide says:

I just got some of the water soluble canvas, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. It does seem a little pricey to me, but it may be so easy to use that it is worth it – we’ll see!

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.