Earlier this week my friend Jane Wood (of Chilly Hollow) had some outstanding advice when encountering a signature or other painting when your want to add a border to a needlepoint canvas.
This happens, I’m afraid, fairly often and puts many stitchers off adding borders. The problem occurs because designers cut the canvas to have about 2″ around the design. In that 2″ you have the designer’s signature, maybe the company name, sometimes the design name and an identifying number. All good and useful, but taking up space.
Since so many designs don’t have the backgrounds painted, this adds problems when you want to add a border, or even a large background.
Take Jane’s advice, I’m going to look for an already stitched canvas I loved but didn’t add a background, because of this problem.