Updated February 15, 2019.
If you are a cross stitcher, new to needlepoint, or someone who has been doing lots of charted canvas projects, you may be thinking that hand-painted canvas is the tippy top of the needlepoint heap.
Like many, many needlepointers, I love to stitch these canvases. I find it a real challenge to convert the artist’s idea (on the canvas) to threads and stitches. When I do this I not only complete the work but I add my own talent and creativity to the mix.
I stitched for a long time before I tried my hand at these canvases and I often worried about messing them up. To be quite honest, I still do.
One factor that causes this is the price. The handwork involved in painting a canvas makes them expensive.
But if you’re looking to try these delights out, here’s a way to begin easily and inexpensively.
1. Pick a small canvas, preferably one that has large, simple areas without tons of realistic detail or shading.
2. Pick something in 13 or 14 mesh if possible, but never pick a mesh smaller than 18 (most canvases these days are on 18 mesh)
3. Stitch in an inexpensive thread. Your stash is the cheapest of all, but if you need to buy thread think of pearl cotton of floss which are the most economical choices.
4. Look for inexpensive canvases. Right now one of my favorite sites, Canvases Be Gone is having a 50% off sale. Most needlepoint shops have a sale bin, and there are several other consignment shops/sites, including Almost Paradise from Needlepoint in Paradise. You can find more canvases on eBay. While looking through the many consignment sites recently, I was struck by how many simply wonderful canvases were there, especially how many of them would make perfect first canvases.
My stash is full to bursting, but I still bought a few, including one I have been wanting for years.