Stencils can be an amazing way to create outlines and shapes to be the basis of your needlepoint.
They can be more complex that cookie cutters, coloring book outlines, or quilt appliques while still keeping the open shapes so perfect for adding texture and detail with stitches.
While the selection of stencils is huge, there may not be ones you want. And if you find one you like it may be too expensive or just too big.
The solution is to make your own stencils. If you thought this required plastic and expensive stencil cutters — think again.
It’s easy to use freezer paper to make stencils you use once and throw away.
This post on the Swwodson Says blog shows you how. Once you’ve made your stencil and ironed it on your canvas you can either just trace the outline to create a line-drawn canvas or you can use paint or fabric markers to create a colored design. Coloring is very helpful if you are using bright or dark colors.