I took a 12x12 canvas & drew grid lines in the center area (I left the outside border blank because it has the wood frame, so that area cannot be stitched in). I just used pencil (because that is what I had readily available), but you can use chalk or washable/disappearing markers that are found in the sewing section of any craft store.
Then, I got to work cross stitching! It is really important to use a sharp needle since the canvas does not have holes in it already (like traditional cross stitch aida cloth or plastic canvas does). You will also need to "wiggle" your needle a bit to get the yarn through the canvas ("wiggling" is a technical term & helps to loosen the canvas to allow your yarn to slide through easier!! LOL!!)
I decided to make the rose & leaves Full "X" stitches & the background Half "\" stitches - this allows for the rose to stand out a bit more!
Show me what you make with this technique!!