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The Tent Stitch on Plastic Canvas- Tuesday’s Tip

on March 11, 2014

One of the things I love about plastic canvas is how easy it is to do.  One of the most commonly used stitches is so basic and easy!  This stitch is called the Tent Stitch.  Basically, it is just a short, diagonal stitch, slanting from lower left to upper right.  It looks like this on the front:

tent

It can be done horizontally or vertically.   It is perfect to use when you want good coverage without the canvas peeking through. There are few variations to the tent stitch- the Basketweave Tent Stitch (worked in diagonal), the Continental Tent Stitch, and the Half Cross Tent Stitch.  The main difference in these stitches is their appearance on the BACK of the canvas.

The Basketweave Tent Stitch looks like a basketweave on the backside, and alternates horizontal and vertical stitches.  It is great for when there are large areas to be covered.  Here is a stitch guide for the front:

basketweave

A video (not done by me), can be found here: Basketweave Tent Stitch

The Continental Tent Stitch is often used in smaller areas and looks like a diagonal stitch on the backside.  Here is a stitch guide for the front:

continental

A video (not done by me), can be found here: Continental Stitch

The Half Cross Tent Stitch is not used too often as it doesn’t provide as good of coverage on the back.  Here is a stitch guide for the front:

half

Now you know the basics to get you started- you’ll be amazed at what you can already stitch just knowing the tent stitch!

I am excited to be linked up to Tip Me Tuesday!

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