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Cross stitch - how to?

I have 2 sad looking grey cushion covers, and as Christmas is approaching (thanks John Lewis for reminding me about it), I thought maybe I could add some decorative Christmassy things to give them a bit of pizzazz!

Now I have never used cloth for cross stitching - back home I was given jute sacks to practise when I was a teen! I think I could use aida cloths to help me with the base, but I am not sure if I can apply that to a cushion cover!
- Should I unstitch the cushion cover (I would prefer not to)?
- Can the Aida cloth be removed when the stitching is complete?
- What size needle would you recommend?
- Is an embroidery round hoop necessary?
- Any other tips?

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Re: Cross stitch - how to?

hmm, you probably could cross-stitch direct on the cushion cover (depends on the fabric), but you'd need to unstitch it

Aida you would not be able to remove from the stitches after finishing...unless you want your nicely cross-stitched pattern to morph into messy-pile-of-thread.

if you are not fixed on cross-stitch, then how about getting some felt and cutting the shapes out and attaching them to the cushion covers? You can get iron-on-sticky tape in Migros or Coop - it's used for hemming, but would work to attach shapes. Or you could sew them on...
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or use Water Soluble Canvas. I bought some but haven't tried it yet.
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if you are not fixed on cross-stitch, then how about getting some felt and cutting the shapes out and attaching them to the cushion covers? You can get iron-on-sticky tape in Migros or Coop - it's used for hemming, but would work to attach shapes. Or you could sew them on...
That's not a bad idea! I might try this for another project! Perhaps one for my boys

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or use Water Soluble Canvas. I bought some but haven't tried it yet.
That product looks great! I'll probably get some in the Uk next time we are there. Did you get them here in CH? If so, where?
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