I thought I knew what needlepoint canvas was until I looked at a serious embroidery catalog for the first time.
This stitching method can be one of the most durable types of embroidery, especially with the trame technique. It can even be used to upholster furniture!
Penelope, interlock, mono... what's the difference and how do you know which one to use?
The needlepoint canvas mesh size can really change the way a piece looks. The smaller the size, the more detailed and refined it appears. The larger the size, the easier it is to stitch for those with impaired fine motor skills such as children or the elderly suffering from arthritis and visual impairment.
There are some other names used for needlepoint work based on the canvas mesh size.
Needlepoint, also known as canvaswork or canvas embroidery, is a fun stitching method. Beginners find it very manageable to embroider with a large count size canvas and yarn.
And advanced thread artists never become bored by learning more and more types of stitches.
You can make it as easy or as complex as you want!
Most often, you completely cover the canvas surface with stitches. They can all be the same diagonal or straight stitch, or you can add texture with fancy stitches such as the Rhodes or trame.
Even the easy straight stitch can create an elegant and historical Florentine work Bargello pattern.
Patterns may be worked from a chart, but usually they are printed or painted directly onto the canvas. Because it will be completely covered with stitching, no one will see the pattern marks on the finished piece.
Use a blunt tapestry needle for stitching. Wool tapestry yarn is most often used as the thread. Check that the thread size covers well in relation to the mesh size, if you don't want any canvas to show when you're done.
Tapestry kits take care of the calculations and supply everything for you. Also, cover the edges of the needlepoint canvas with masking tape to prevent it from fraying or snagging the yarn as you stitch.
Do not allow the mesh (other than plastic canvas) to become wet until you are done stitching. Water could remove the starch and make it too flimsy to embroider.