How To Paint Your Own Needlepoint Canvas

A lot of folks want to know how to paint their own needlepoint canvas.  You may need to change a color, want to transfer a child's drawing to canvas to stitch it, or just interested in stitching your original designs.  Whatever reason behind your design to paint your own canvas, there is help online.

Folks recommend you use Copic, Micron Pigma, or the IdentiPens that Amy Bunger uses in her Home Studies.  The 4H pencil and acrylic paints also work.  For some designs you can simply baste the outlines you need.

The blue vanishing pens quilters use can work but in my experience they are problematic.  Heat sets them so don't iron the canvas or leave it in a hot car.  Cold water is supposed to remove the blue lines in some brands (read the instructions).  Sometimes that works.  I have had some blue lines vanish overnight —poof!— and some blue lines that never vanished, so use at your own risk.

Susan Roberts (The Needlepoint Teacher) has a great video on how to transfer a line drawing to canvas.

The American Needlepoint Guild has a section on their FAQ page with help from needlepoint designers on choosing the right pen or paint to use.  This may be unavailable now as ANG transitions to a new website.

The late Lula Change of Wooly Dreams wrote on her website how she painted her canvases.  She makes it sound easy.

Cynthia has also written about painting canvases.

Althea DeBrule explains what to do step by step.

UPDATES:  Abigail Cecile has uploaded a tutorial video on her website.

SBT Stitches has also posted a video on their Facebook page.

Jody Valentine demonstrates how she paints a needlepoint canvas in this Facebook video.

There is a Facebook group dedicated to painting needlepoint.

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