All too often we stitch a piece then throw out the outlines we used to make it. Then when we want to stitch something similar we don’t know where to start. You need to know how to make a template from stitched needlepoint.
If you have either the stitched but unfinished item or a scan of it, you can recreate your template.
- If you do not have a scan, start by scanning your stitched canvas. The result will look like the picture at the top of the article.
- Do a test run with your printer. Some printers will print actual size, but others will enlarge the scan to fit the paper. If it prints actual size, go to step 4. If it does not, go to the next step.
- You will need to create a screen shot. Make sure the window with your scan is open, fully visible and the actual size you want. Take a screen shot and print.
- Using your printed needlepoint, trace around the outside of the design with a wide black (or white if stitching is black) marker.
- Place outlined paper under your needlepoint canvas, or a piece of paper if you want a permanent template and trace around it.
Can this same process be done with stitched and finished needlepoint? Yes, but not as effectively. Often the edges of the stitched are disappear in the edges of the finishing. If you create your outline from this, it will be smaller than you need.
If you stitched some rows outside the needlepoint for finishing, you may not have this problem.
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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
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