American Needlepoint Guild
Gateway Chapter - St. Louis, MO
Tips and Resources for Stitching on Perforated Paper
Prepared by Linda Elkow
- Stitch on the smooth side of the paper. If both sides of the paper seem equally smooth, stitch on either side.
- Perforated paper can be laminated.
- Use a #24 or #26 needle.
- Donât carry threads on backside over open areas.
- Paper cannot be cleaned with water, but light dirt can be erased with soft eraser.
- Always stitch with clean hands, paper will absorb hand cream.
- Mend tears with a small piece of perforated paper or scotch tape and stitch through both layers.
- Perforated paper can be colored with any permanent marker or paint ö make sure anything you use is permanent, even though you wonât wet or wash the paper, non-permanent markers can come off on your hands and may fade over time.
- Edges can be cut smooth, scalloped, or overstitched as with a blanket stitch.
- Wrinkles can be ironed with a warm iron.
- The backing can be glued to the perforated paper before it is cut out, and both paper and backing cut at the same time.
- Donât use your "good" scissors to cut, perforated paper will dull blades.
- Perforated paper can be stitched in hand, or attached to stretcher bars.
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