If you want to add sparkle to your metallic canvas, but want an even more subtle look, you can back your needlepoint with something sparkly (fabric or paper). This will give you some glitz, but it
s behind the needlepoint, so it will enhance whats there without being obvious.
The most important thing to decide is how you will be finishing the needlepoint. If you don’t know, use fabric. If it will be finished as a picture, boxtop, or something hard, you can use paper.
Look for a fabric or paper that has the same metallic as your canvas. Papers will be in the scrapbook section of most craft stores. You will want sheer metallic fabrics such as organza. Buy enough to cover then entire back of the canvas.
You are probably wondering why I specified sheer metallic fabrics. The easiest way to keep this kind of fabric smooth behind your needlepoint is to stitch through it. By using a light weight, sheer fabric you will be able to needlepoint through it just as you normally do.
Run a line of Fray Chek on your fabric about 1″ beyond the size of the needlepoint and let dry. Cut this out and baste it securely to the back of the needlepoint in the unworked margins of the canvas before you begin to stitch the canvas.
Your needlepoint will hold the fabric in place so when the basting is cut to finish the needlepoint the fabric will stay in place.
By the way, this is a great technique to use when you have open backgrounds on any canvas. It hides the travelling threads. The subtle result reinforces the metallic sparkle in the threads or canvas.