Having trouble finding a painted needlepoint canvas that suits your style and fits your budget? You can print or paint your own canvas! It's easier than you think.
Did you know that you can print your own needlework patterns for use on blank canvas?
The drawback is that you are limited by the paper sheet size your printer can handle, but it is not as painstaking as counting threads to paint them.
There are other methods of making your own design by using transfer paper and an iron, but I like to do it this way.
I know this decal method works for inkjet printers, which is what I have, but I'm not sure about laser jets. If you've tried transferring images from a printer, please let me know which printed or painted needlepoint canvas method you used and how it turned out!
A comment on March 18, 2010:
"I printed a royalty-free picture on my color inkjet printer, covered it with acrylic polymer (I used a little roller and got an even, smooth coat) according to your instructions. Then I used removable spray glue and pressed it on the canvas. Heavy book overnight pressed it firmly and flat - canvas between two sheets of cardboard. The polymer film is so thin that the needle easily passes through. It works wonderful." ~ Trudy
Personally, I think the printing method is easiest, but if you're computer phobic, hand painting is easier. It's also better for controlling detail since you can adjust the color of the intersections as needed.
Now you have your own printed or hand painted needlepoint canvas.
You are ready to stitch an original, exclusive, limited edition design that you made yourself!
Why not reupholster a stool using painted needlepoint canvas to show off your skilled work? Other easy and fun project ideas are pillows and wall hangings.