Stitch Guide

Use the following diagrams to expand your knowledge of Plastic Canvas stitching. For each diagram, bring the needle up through the canvas at the red number1, and go back down through the canvas at the red number 2. The second stitch is numbered in green. Always bring the needle up through the canvas at odd numbers, and take it back down through the canvas at the even numbers. Stitches are usually categorized into three types: Background, Embroidery, and Finishing.

Background Stitches

Background stitches are used for filling in large areas of canvas. The Continental Stitch is the most commonly used stitch for this purpose. Other stitches, such as the Scotch Stitch and Slanting Gobelin, fill in large areas of canvas more quickly than the Continental Stitch because their stitches cover a larger area of canvas.

Alternating Continental

Continental Stitch

Scotch Stitch

Slanting Gobelin

Long Stitch

Cross Stitch

Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery stitches are worked on top of a stitched area to add detail and beauty to your project. Embroidery stitches are usually worked with one strand of yarn, several strands of pearl cotton, or several strands of embroidery floss.

Lazy Daisy

Chain Stitch

Straight Stitch



Smyrna Cross

Loop Stitch

Finishing Stitches

Finishing stitches are used to finish the outer edges of the canvas. Overcasting is done to finish one edge at a time. Whipstitching is used to stitch two pieces of canvas together. For both Overcasting, and Whipstitching, work one stitch in each hole along straight edges, and inside corners, and two to three stitches in outside corners


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