Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Framing Up DMC Stitchable Metallic Mesh

Gold Stitchable Mesh Side

I finally decided the best way to mount the DMC stitchable metallic mesh was to treat it like needlepoint canvas.  I simply thumbtacked it to two sets of ten inch stretcher bars.   As you can see, the edges fray a bit but instead of covering them which I might do with needlepoint canvas, I left them bare just to see how badly the edges fray as they are worked.

Silver Stitchable Mesh Side

The mesh itself seems slightly stretchy as you pull it into position.  I didn't pull it drum tight as I don't know if it will tear under stress but I did pull it enough so that it was straight and that the dents from mailing were pulled mostly straight.

As far as I can see, the mesh is roughly 13-14 holes to the inch.   Therefore I think I can work one of Threedles' "Christmas Diamond" designs from the December 2015 issue of Needlepoint Now magazine on one half of the 10 inch square mesh and then flip the design over to stitch something else.

You can see the three "Christmas Diamond"designs stitched by Brenda here.    Number one looks to be the easiest to stitch so that's the one I will work on.

Since counting is involved, you might want to start praying hard for me!

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  1. You're going to love stitching the Christmas Diamonds. Looking forward to seeing the results. One thing I notice when stitching on perforated paper--the stitches themselves stand up a bit more because the vertical and horizontal threads (or in this case, the paper between the holes) is wider than canvas threads.

  2. This is going to be fun to watch! I can't wait to hear how you like it.

  3. Thanks for the tip on perf paper, Brenda! Pat, keep your fingers crossed.

  4. Look forward to progress on this one. Also praying that the frogs stay away!

    1. Thanks, Beth. Fortunately, I've discovered that when you rip out, the mesh doesn't show any holes.