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Waste canvas is an inexpensive, readily available material that turns almost any knitted
fabric into a suitable ground for cross stitch embroidery–and then disappear when the
stitches are finished, leaving behind a beautifully embellished piece of knitting. In this
introductory-level class, we’ll learn how to trim and mount the canvas; then how to
follow and work a cross stitch chart over it using using knitting yarns. If you’ve never
tried cross stitch before, no problem–this class is designed to be accessible to the new
embroiderer, and cross stitch is one of the best ways to try your hand and decoration
with a single, sharp needle. In addition, we’ll learn briefly about duplicate stitch (aka
Swiss darning), and discuss how and when to use one, the other-or both! Please note:
this class has an additional materials fee of $5.
Pre-Requisite: Completion of homework (instructions below).
Homework assignment: Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e.,
Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns
Northampton) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color. Make one swatch as follows.
With needles that will give you a gauge of about 5-6 (with worsted) to 6-7 (with sport)
sts to the inch in stockinette st, CO 56 sts. Rows 1-6: knit. Row 7 (WS): K4, p 48, k4.
Rep rows 6-7 25x. Rows 58-63: Knit. Bind off. Repeat for second swatch. If time
permits, block swatch.
Materials: Completed homework assignment (see above). At least two balls (partial
balls are fine!) of smooth, strong, fingering weight yarn (i.e., Lorna’s Laces Shepherd
Sock, HiKoo CoBaSi, Trekking–most sock yarns will work nicely) ideally in solid or
semi-solid colors that contrast strongly with the yarn used to complete the homework
assignment. This is an excellent use for odds and ends left from sock knitting projects.
Tapestry needle. Scissors. Instructor will supply canvas, embroidery needle, and other
special materials required for materials fee of $5.