Waste canvas is a special type of mesh embroidery fabric that will help you apply hand embroidery to clothing. Counted thread embroidery such as cross stitch or blackwork requires an evenweave fabric, which is a fabric made up of tiny squares.
If you are not working on an evenweave fabric, this special canvas will provide the grid while you work and can be removed after all stitching is finished. You do not need to use this type of canvas for freestyle embroidery methods such as crewel or machine embroidery.
I think it's a lot easier than trying to cut out a design and appliqué it. With applique you have to worry about cutting too close and ruining the whole thing. You can use this technique not only to make your own embroidered jeans and embroidered denim jackets, but also to make bed curtains, towels, draperies, your velvet cape for the Renaissance festival... anything you want to embroider!
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