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Cross Stitching Clothes
For the past few decades, cross stitching has risen in popularity. Surprisingly, even the younger ones have gotten into the trend. There are now diverse cross stitching motifs, from cartoon characters to actual photos which are scanned and then transformed into diagrams used for needle work. Most of these cross stitching masterpieces, you will see hanging from the walls of homes. However, most of us wonder if we can actually use this needle work technique in making clothes. After all, there’s nothing more charming and fulfilling as homemade clothes.
Looking for a fabric
Of course, cross stitching your clothes is only possible once you’ve found a fabric that’s sturdy enough to handle the stitches. You wouldn’t want to waste your time embroidering on silk or cotton only to see the pattern warped even before you’re done with it. Most fabrics that can handle this stitch include denim and linen. This is because these fabrics, when new, are usually starched. But if you want to be sure that your patterns won’t literally break under pressure, you need to look for a waste canvass.
Waste canvasses can be bought from any crafts shop, and they are used to hold the shape of your fabric while you’re working on that pattern. They’re called “waste” canvasses because you will eventually get rid of them once you’re done with your embroidery. Waste canvasses usually come in many different varieties, but the best ones to use for this project as “8-counts” or ones which have 8 strands of thread per square. This waste canvass variety has open loops which will make it easy for you to keep track of your stitches while you follow the pattern.
Finding the center
Of course, you will have to look for a waste canvass that’s big enough to accommodate your pattern. Usually, if your pattern is 50 stitches wide, you will need 6.25 inches of 8-count waste canvass (you just divide the number of stitches with the number of counts in the canvass). Of course, allow 1 or two inches on all sides for basting. Once you have enough waste canvass, look for the middle of the pattern and the middle of the fabric as well. It’s convenient for you to work from the middle so that you can be sure that your pattern isn’t off-center.
While you’re embroidering, make sure that you’re threading through both the waste canvass and the fabric of the clothing. Remember, you will eventually get rid of the canvass, and you won’t be stitching the entire fabric onto your clothing. The waste canvass is there only to guide you while you work through the pattern. It’s only there for support especially if you’re working with a soft fabric. The waste canvass should be at the back of your clothing’s fabric, and the “face” of the pattern should still be on your clothing’s outer side. In other words, if you’re worked with waste canvass before, but you’ve used it for patterns which you’ve hung on the wall, the method is still the same. Only this time, you have an actual clothing fabric on top of your waste canvass. This will be more challenging because you will have to rely on your sense of touch as well, but if you’re working with jackets or shirts, this will be easy enough for you to pull off. It may be more challenging with pieces of clothing that have narrower openings, like a pair of pants, for example. Unless you’re working only at the tips of the pants, the feat may be next to impossible.
With the canvass on top of the base fabric
Of course, some people would also like to work with the canvass on top of the fabric. While this is easier to do, it can get in the way if you’re trying to assess the “look” while you’re working on the pattern. There’s only one thing for you to do when you’re working with the canvass this way: forget about the look first, and forget that you’re actually stitching this onto another fabric. Just work with the pattern based on the position of your waste canvass. A lot of beginners say that it’s actually easier to cross stitch patterns this way. The finished product will look the same, anyway, although you will have to do a more careful job of pulling out each and every thread of the waste canvass thread later on. But this won’t matter, especially if you’re going for speed. Just remember to make the cross stitches firm but not too tight, otherwise, you’ll end up warping the design even with the waste canvass on.
Cleaning the design
You have to work the pattern from the center outwards. Be careful not to get the waste canvass wet before you’re done with the pattern. Once it gets wet, drying it out won’t make it still again. You’ll end up warping your design if you get rid of the starch on the fabric too soon. Once you’re done with the pattern, lock the threads into place and make sure you didn’t miss anything in the pattern. Then, with a damp sponge, press moisture onto the canvass to soften the threads. Once the canvass is soft enough, carefully pull out the threads of the canvass out of the pattern. Make sure that you don’t pull on the stitches themselves. The dissolved starch should loosen up the threads of the canvass, and as long as you pull on one thread at a time, the pattern should remain intact. Be very patient with this process.
Caring for your pattern
You wouldn’t want to machine wash any cross stitched clothing. Although some people feel that it’s safe to put these needle work to gentle tumble, it’s safer to hand wash them. There are even fabric conditioners made especially for cross stitch threads. These may be pricy, but they can help preserve the color and the texture of your cross stitch patterns. If you’re trying to preserve something you’ve worked on for weeks or even months, these fabric conditioners may be worthy investments.