Altered Art in Needlework


Altered Art in Needlework

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Started by Anna-Marie Winter. Last reply by Barbara Lewis Nov 5, 2009. 7 Replies

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Comment by Anna-Marie Winter on February 1, 2010 at 11:11pm
The brand of transfer that I've had the most success with is the Office Depot brand, Article #648-264. It has a grid on the reverse side that makes it easy for cutting mutiple images and for aligning onto the canvas and it does not leave a lot of residue on the canvas. I added a photo of the Madame Forget stocking, one of the designs that uses this technique and will be adding an article for the technique on my web site in the next few days. Hope this helps.
Comment by Cara Sue Richard on February 1, 2010 at 12:34pm
thanks for your reply- Is there a brand of the transfer paper that you can recommend?!
Comment by Anna-Marie Winter on January 31, 2010 at 4:45pm
I've had quite a bit of success using hot iron transfer paper to transfer photographs to congress cloth. The colors are a bit softer than printing directly onto the canvas from a printer and you also have the ability to adjust the position of the photograph to line the design up with a canvas thread if you need to.
Comment by Cara Sue Richard on January 31, 2010 at 3:38pm
Has anyone come across a way to easily transfer a photograph onto a canvas other than trying it with our home printers?

And is there a brand of what you use that you can recommend as well-???
Comment by Anna-Marie Winter on January 25, 2010 at 11:09am
No, I rarely use glass when framing a design. Summer Dreams has a padded Satin stitch border around the design followed by a second border of counted stitches. A gold wooded filet surrounds second border, followed by a suede matt and frame. I did not used beads, but rather fine French Knots using a single ply of silk. The grass is stitched in silk and the dragonfly in metal threads, all worked on a congress cloth. The design was applied using a manipulated computer image printed on then applied to the canvas with a hot iron. This technique produced the softly coloured background visible between the stitched blades of grass. I use the transfer method quite often as allows me to use the entire photographic image in a design, not just the details that are going to be stitched.
Comment by Michele mandel on January 25, 2010 at 9:58am
Ann-Marie is the glass on the bottom of the needlepoint? besides the design, what else is on the canvas? it is hard to tell from the picture, beads? very creative!
Comment by Anna-Marie Winter on September 29, 2009 at 11:22am
Thank you! I don't think the man at the glass shop thought the idea was so brilliant. When I told him what I wanted he thought I was joking, then shook his head and said he would try but not to expect too much as "plexiglass is not ment to bend". When he realized that he could do it with a little heat and a glass coke bottle, he was just as excited as I was by the result and went on to create some really lovely curved bases for display stands. There is an image of all three completed panels and the design sheet on my web site at
Comment by Ann Caswell on September 29, 2009 at 10:38am
It's a treat to see the photo of the needlework mounted on the curved plexiglass. Brilliant!
Comment by Cara Sue Richard on September 5, 2009 at 6:49am
I was looking closer at your dragon fly and the detail stitches of the background is truly too cool. I love the DFly itself...
I have to say that altering art is what I really love. What is my favorite is picking the different threads and embellishments to enhance the pieces! And what fun to go through my stash of threads ( lots there) and even more fun to go to Ruth's and have her help create the idea of enhancing my piece with the textures and such!! ( awesome selection)
Comment by Cara Sue Richard on August 30, 2009 at 7:07am
I don't have a favorite stitch per-say. I enjoy changing or altering the canvas to the extent of cutting the canvas to add another dimension. Then going in and feeling the stitches. I do like it when there is a new technique to embellish my needlepoint. Couching is so much fun-you can hide anything or make it part of the picture. I like using overdyes that bring out one color to emphasis the focal point ( and you can dye the threads to make it more or less what you think you want or wish you had).

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