variations indicate an under stitch (darker) and over stitch (lighter). This is
for deciphering the difference per stitch direction.
starting stitches, leave a 1 inch tail of yarn on the backside of the canvas. When making
your first 6 or 7 stitches, stitch around the tail while holding it on the backside. This will hold your yarn in place for stitching. When finished stitching take the needle through the
previously stitched area, again through 6 or 7 stitches on the back side. Cut off any excess yarn.
Stitch- Finishes the cut edges of a piece of canvas. Simply
take the needle
down through each edge hole when stitching. Three stitches are used around a
corner edge to cover canvas better. When joining two or more pieces
together this is Whipstitch (see below).
Used for joining two or more pieces of plastic canvas together. Hold the two
pieces of canvas together even where you will stitch. Like Overcast stitch take the
needle down through the edge holes being sure to sew through each layer of
canvas. Whipstitch can also be used on inside squares where necessary.
under the canvas on odd numbers and down through the top on even numbers, unless
otherwise stated. (i.e. 1= up under canvas,
2= down through canvas)
Stitch- This stitch is worked diagonally on the canvas from one row of holes to
Continental/Tent Stitch- This stitch is worked diagonal in the opposite directions of
continental stitch from one row of holes to next.
Diagonal Stitch- This is a slanted stitch which crosses over more than one row
of holes on plastic canvas. Each graph should indicate the number of rows to
cover and which direction the stitch should slant. For Reversed Gobelin/
Diagonal Stitch follow the direction that is shown in the reversed continental
Straight Stitch- This stitch is worked over one or more holes on the canvas.
Again, the graph should indicate if the stitch is vertical or horizontal, and
how many rows to cover per stitch. Left graphic shown in horizontal.
Generally used for outlining an area on the canvas. This stitch is usually done
after the canvas is worked.
Stitch- Start with one continental stitch, then cross it in the opposite
direction over the first stitch. Being sure that a row of cross stitches are all
following the same direction.
Cross Stitch-Same as cross stitch, only this stitch crosses over more than two
rows on the plastic canvas. Graphs per pattern will indicate the amount of rows
to cross over.
Attachment- Come up under canvas with needle and yarn then apply bead to yarn, then take needle back down through the canvas. For another bead
continue with same strand, for one bead you may wish to knot it on the back side of the canvas. Most graphs should contain the markings for where the beads will