I’ve got to tell you that I’ve been cross stitching for about 42 years and I just learned about water soluble cross stitch canvas!  Why didn’t I know about this sooner?!  In the past I always bought cross stitch kits at the craft store and then I started designing my own patterns so I just stitched the “normal” way.

Well .. I got this little free kit from an issue of the Cross Stitcher Magazine.  I’ve had it in my to-do basket for years and finally decided to start stitching things in that basket.  The kit came with linen fabric … no holes there!  And a piece of “plastic” with holes in it.  I looked at the packaging and it said “soluble canvas”.  So .. I taped it on the linen and started stitching.  It was kind of hard at first to see the holes but I grabbed out my Ott Lite and that made it a lot easier.

After I finished stitching the design, I untaped everything and put the fabric in a bowl of water.  There were no instructions for this so I winged it.  I let it sit in the water for about 15 minutes and then rinsed it off.  I patted it dry and after a half an hour or so, it was still sticky, so I rinsed it a few more times until all of the stickiness went away.

This opens up a million ideas for cross stitching on “regular” fabric!!  I’ve had an idea to stitch something on a pair of jeans ..

What about you?  Have you used this Soluble Canvas before?

water soluble cross stitch canvas
water soluble cross stitch canvas
water soluble cross stitch canvas
water soluble cross stitch canvas


Water Soluble Canvas –
Linen Fabrics –

This is the OttLite I use.  It provides natural light and is great when lighting isn’t the best.

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