Wasted canvas

Look how cerebral we are here in House of Kitten. We've got the New York Times and two weeks worth of US Weekly.

I've been naughtily hinting at and then posting nothing about my cross-stitch project, so I want to apologize and post progress pics.

First things first. The project is to cross-stitch on waste canvas, heavily starched cross-stitch fabric that you apply to regular material like cotton, knit, linen or whatever. You then apply your design on top of the waste canvas but through the layer of fabric.

Once you've finished your cross-stitch, you soak the whole thing in water so the starch comes out of the waste canvas. (Some advise adding a tablespoon of vinegar if you think your colors might run.) Then it dries (impatient Sarah tried to do this while it was still wet and it was wrong and a waste of time) and you pull out the waste canvas.

All of the sudden, you have perfectly measured stitches on cotton, which would be impossible to do without the crutch of the canvas. Pretty cool, eh?

So I have progress pics:

Kitten kept me company while I worked my way through this border pattern. Eventually, this will be a pillowcase in our guest bed.
Here's Kitten, looking bored.
A fuzzy shot of my progress, which I think may have already appeared in a post. Apologies for the re-run.

Hello, Adam! I took this picture at Pizza Bella when we went for my birthday. I get hungry just thinking about it. Not sure how that snuck in.

 Back to my task, here I am this weekend rounding out the project. I had my handy pattern book nearby at all times. It's a Johnny Jump-Ups pattern, and I don't know what a Johnny Jump-Up is, exactly, but I know it makes for a lovely little floral border.

 More stitches...
 This is where I soaked it to loosen the starch. Sometimes I think the back looks prettier than the front. And you'll notice, no knots! Always must weave in those ends.

Front side, still wet. You can see all the little canvas pieces poking out now. 
 This is the dried piece with some of the threads from the waste removed, and others still there.
 Bald patches in this vs. where the threads remain.
 This is how easy it is to pull them out. I was so taken with the process that I was almost late last night to my MBA class because I was standing there pulling these things out for so long.

All threads gone! Waste canvas totally wasted and gone. On to the next one!

Won't these be a pretty pair? I hope they class our place up a bit. Love homemade touches.

It's easy so you should totally try it!