As with my last tutorial "How to cross stitch on plastic canvas", items needed include
- Plastic canvas, cut down to size with smooth edges.
- Yarn needles
- Yarn of your choice
- Piece of paper or needle starter
New items include
- A black sharpie (optional)
Sometimes it is easier to draw out your pattern with a black sharpie first. It helps give you a visual on where your stitches should go. The only thing to be cautious with is if you are using a light color yarn, the black marker may show through.
Capital Block Letters.
Capital block letters are the easiest to do on plastic canvas. There aren't a lot of curves with block letters. If it helps when doing letters or any design for that matter, think of the Nintendo games where they are 16 bit. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to do the letters a, d, s, and z.
As with doing straight lines or fill color, begin your letter a with the diagonal stitch. Continue doing your diagonal stitch until you reach your desired height then change directions bringing your diagonal stitch across and down, forming the frame of the A. Now you're going to do what I call the x stitch, which is where you will go back over your stitch to form an x. You will continue to go over your stitches until each stitch has an x. This kind of stitch helps your letter stand out but also helps when you begin doing curves.
There are letters that have natural curves, the letter D being one of them. To begin, you start with the diagonal stitch. Just as with the letter A, you continue until you reach your desired height. Then go across a few stitches. When you're ready to start your curve, you will go down diagonally from your last stitch. You will continue to go diagonal until you get the desired amount of curve. Go back over your stitches to form the x stitch.
The letter S is very curvy but in this tutorial (as I said before) is block style. The important thing with the letter S is to keep your top curve and bottom curve the same width. Essentially, you'll make two enclosed boxes that are joined together. Once more, you'll begin with the diagonal stitch and finish with the x stitch.
Z, X, and Y dont have curves but they have diagonal lines which can be just as tricky as curves. Of course you start with your diagonal stitch going left to right. Once you get to the point where you are ready to start your diagonal stretch, you will go down diagonally (very similar with what we did to the D). You'll then complete the leg of your letter. Of course you will go back over with the x stitch. The tricky part is trying to keep your top part of the letter even with the bottom letter. As you can see, my z is shorter than the rest of my letters. One way to fix this would be to make a corner stitch then do my diagonal stretch. X and Y are easier but still can be tricky.
In conclusion, remember to use the previous tutorial on how to start and stop your thread. Make sure you secure your yarn. With the x stitch, it wont unravel as easily but it can start to. Also think of every letter, shape, or design as just lines. These letters are the master letters. If you can do these letters, you can do the rest of the alphabet. In the next tutorial, I'll show you how to do block letters and then fill in the background and complete the project with a finished border.