Updated June 28, 2022. Guest post by andy Grossman-Morris.
Today Friday and next Tuesday we’ll have Sandy Grossman-Morris as our guest poster, giving up the next step in our series about creating custom canvases.
I’m back, with a little more bloggy inspiration. Some of you may remember that last time I was featured on Janet’s Wonderful Blog, our air conditioner had decided to go on strike. Well, [my husband] Bob the Builder got it running again. . . it was just a fuse. Yay! So, I am a happy camper once again.
OK, on to the important stuff. Last time I shared my knowledge of what makes a suitable Custom Canvas. This time around, we will be having fun, fun, fun, with Custom Needlepoint Canvases! I love, and I mean absolutely LOVE an artistic challenge, the chance to improve or enhance what you have in mind for me to put onto canvas.
Without giving out proprietary secrets, I take a bit of techno geeky abilities and add in a whole lot of cleverness to create something fabulous for you to needlepoint. Let’s talk about improving a photo or other art, first.
Improvement or SISO (Something In Something Out) OOPS! SOMETHING IS MISSING!!!! Thinking back on past projects. . . I was sent a photo of a pet kitty with the tip of one ear missing and there was “something blue” in the background. See at the top of the article how I fixed these problems, the top picture is what was sent to me, the bottom shows how it was fixed.
I can also combine parts of photographs in order to achieve the “Perfect” project, by resizing parts to match the other. Additionally, I can lighten ( to a certain degree) a photo, or crop out unwanted portions.
Check out this fantastic family:
The photo below is the one that was sent to me. . . Adorable kids with no lower bodies, floating in an abyss of darkness. I cropped and enlarged this photo so the children became the focus, and decreased the cost significantly. The overall canvas size ended up at 27″ x 13″ printed on 18 mesh canvas. This was a gift to the very lucky and talented grandmother of the Bloom Family, from her children.
And if I am lucky enough to receive “Work in Progress” photos, I will share them with you on my SHOW & TELL PAGE!
OH, PLEASE TAKE IT OUT!!! The owner of the kitty with the purple eyes also ordered a second canvas of another kitty, below. That photo was taken in a home, and naturally, there was furniture and such in the background. I removed all of that, making a plain black background, and cropped it so that the kitty and the quilt are the only things to stitch….and I am hoping that the stitcher will continue to send work-in-progress photos to share on my “Show & Tell webpage. Believe me, I do a whole lot of taking stuff out before many photos get put on canvas!
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
DI SC says
Off topic here…sorry.
In going through some of my mom’s things since her passing, we came across an embroidery piece she hadn’t quite finished. The bag had the pattern and all the yarn, however, she used a metal hoop with what looks like a cork ‘filling’ between the 2 hoop pieces that over time deteriorated to the point where the canvas was between just the metal hoops. Which have rusted and left terrible rust stains on the canvas….which looks to be similar to Aida. Fortunately, not where she’d been stitching and it doesn’t appear to affect any of the areas yet to be stitched.
Can you recommend a way to safely remove these stains without damaging the canvas?
Janet M Perry says
I can’t, perhaps other readers can.
This is a more common problem for folks who do counted cross stitch. You might try searching some of those blogs or doing a search for “rust stains on embroidery fabric”
DI SC says
Appreciate it, Janet.
Will take a look and see what I can find.