Valley of Shadow – Transferring the Design

One of the nice things about transferring a design to needlepoint canvas is that you can see through the canvas.  The holes make it possible to put the design behind the canvas and work from it.  This is true for canvas down to about 18 pt, which is a size I often use if there are words incorporated into the design.

I take advantage of this by printing the design at the size of the final piece, then transferring the design onto the canvas by painting it on.  I find that trying to skip the paint step and stitch straight from the design doesn’t work.  The paper design gets in the way of stitching, and after some stitching is done the paper can no longer be brought close enough to the canvas.  Hand-painted canvas designs are the standard for many needle pointers; I was a needlepoint designer and hand painter before starting NeedlePrayer.

Design Behind Canvas by Carmen CS
Design Behind Canvas, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

 

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