Monks cloth is the place to go all the way and show off your Swedish huck weaving skills! If you want to, you can cover the entire fabric. Or you can just accent each end and make a large grid across the middle for a faster project.
Fabric off the bolt is 60 inches wide. The standard length for an afghan is 2-1/2 yards. On this type of fabric, there are loops both horizontally and vertically made up of four threads each. It is large, 7 count fabric, so you can work with worsted weight yarn and a size 13 yarn needle. It's a great way to use leftover yarn scraps!
Wash the fabric before you begin work to preshrink the cotton. I like to machine sew a temporary zigzag stitch around the edge before washing. After preshrinking, trim and finish the raw edges nicely by sewing or serging. (Read a sewing straight lines hint.)
You can wash the fabric as you would any cotton before it's decorated. Be careful about the washing instructions for the yarn you use to embroider. Acrylic yarn cannot handle high temperatures. Wool will felt with any agitation.
Loops in both directions take your stitches to new horizons!
You can purchase afghan size cuts of monks fabric like DMC Cotton Monk's Aida Cloth, 2.5-Yard, 7 Count in white or natural color. Also, take a look at all of the available colors below!
Aren't the monk cloth colors pretty? You can also use it to make cross stitch afghans or any other type of evenweave embroidery.
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