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Various Types of Plastic Canvas

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Description of Plastic Canvas:

Plastic Canvas is a plastic mesh that resembles needlepoint canvas. Many types of needlecrafts use plastic canvas to create designs, including Cross Stitch. Plastic canvas is available in a wide variety of counts ranging from 7 squares per inch and up.

Why to Use Plastic Canvas:

  • Plastic canvas is durable,
  • Plastic canvas will not rip, fray or shrink.
  • Plastic canvas can be used to create 3-D projects.
  • Plastic canvas is a great medium for many Cross Stitch projects including bookmarks, cards, and ornaments.

Tips About Stitching on Plastic Canvas:

  • Use one fewer strand of floss when stitching on plastic canvas.
  • It may be helpful to use a smaller-sized tapestry needle when stitching on plastic canvas. The plastic canvas will not give like fabric will.
  • Let your needle dangle frequently to avoid knots and over-twisting of the floss.
  • Do not carry floss across blank areas of the plastic canvas.
  • Use the loop method to start stitches.

Cross Stitch Projects Using Plastic Canvas:

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