I often find myself needing to change things on canvas or wanting to trace a design onto canvas to make an original project. If you have been stitching for awhile, you probably have wanted to do this too. Even if all you need to do is trace a giant cookie cutter to fill with a stitch or mark a square for a charted design, you’ll find yourself wondering what pen to use.
Thinking about a pencil? Use a #2 and the lead rubs off making your thread dirty.
Use a non-permanent marker and it bleeds all over your threads when you block.
Testing your markers would be a great idea, but that takes time.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a bunch of advice from stitchers about marking pens.
I’ve written an extensive post about pens available here. Kreinik’s blog has a great post about pens that includes many comments from other stitchers. Read it here.
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Roger Rhodes says
I was told several years ago about IDenta pens to use on needlepoint canvas. I purchase a pak of 8 colors on amazon. They have two points, a fine point on one end and a medium point on the other. I use delta brand acrylic paints from joanns for paintingr.r
I have an oil based paint Sharpie marker. Can I I use that to make adjustments to my needlepoint design?
Janet M Perry says
I would be cautious about doing this & test first. That’s for a couple of reasons:
1. Oil-based markers & paints can take a long time to dry, so leave them a couple of days or more to dry completely before stitching.
2 I have had inconsistent results with Sharpies. Some pens and colors are colorfast some aren’t, so I always test first.