Canvas Embellishment for Handpainted Canvases


Canvas Embellishment for Handpainted Canvases

Do you love bringing painted canvases to life with threads and stitches? This is the group for you! Share favorite stitches and techniques with others, ask for stitch and thread suggestions.

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Started by Susan Kahn. Last reply by Cindy Chapman Jan 22, 2015. 9 Replies


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Comment by Cindy Chapman on January 22, 2015 at 12:08am

A LOT of my cross-stitching pals rely on Thread Heaven ("TH") for almost everything, especially Kreiniks.  I used to have 2 boxes of it - one for dark threads & one for light...then it occurred to me..."what if this discolors with time, or attracts dust?"  Beeswax darkens with time.  I quit using it.

If you want to try it, JoAnns has it on the notions wall.  I suspect it might be silicon-based.  You just run your threads through it & then run them through your fingers to remove any excess.  If it collects fuzz, just knead the block.

Comment by K.B. on January 21, 2015 at 6:22pm

It's a product called Thread Heaven and it comes in a small dark blue plastic box. It lasts forever if you don't misplace it. (I've probably got a dozen of them hiding here.) The last time I bought any, I got it at my local bead shop, but I've also purchased it at quilt shops. Probably some of the needlepoint shops stock it too.

Comment by Susan Kahn on January 21, 2015 at 5:25pm
Thank You KB
What do you use for thread conditioner?
Comment by K.B. on January 21, 2015 at 5:16pm

Susan, I like to attach my Accentuate to the needle. It still slips a bit, but not as much as when it is just looped  through the needle eye. I also use thread conditioner to help the plies stick together and I like to use a trolley needle for my laying tool.

Comment by Susan Kahn on January 21, 2015 at 4:27pm
I am using 4ply accentuate on a project. Does anybody have any tips on keeping the plies together while stitching?
Comment by Jane/Chillyhollow on April 19, 2014 at 5:57pm

The woven stitch will work well but you'll probably want to work it horizontally, which means turning the canvas so it is longways, working that side, and turning it again to work the next.  You are going to have a problem when each side meets at the corners.  You might have to do a straight long stitch to hide the joins.  I like Vineyard Silk myself and it will do a lovely job.  Good luck!

Comment by Susan Kahn on April 19, 2014 at 11:38am
Yes I think I want to keep it simple
I have vineyard silk for the border
Leaning to the woven stitch. What are your thoughts
Comment by Jane/Chillyhollow on April 19, 2014 at 11:31am

The dark blue border?  Can you find a flower shaped stitch that will fit the 13 threads wide?  If not, I might go for something simple like diamond shapes filled with long straight stitches.  The center is pretty ornate so you probably want a simple border in pretty threads.  Did you have a thread in mind for the border?

Comment by Susan Kahn on April 19, 2014 at 11:01am


hope i did this right

i need stitch suggestions for the border (over 13)

Comment by Jeannine Bartnicki on October 3, 2012 at 2:41pm

I also just smoosh (technichal term) the ends together and whip stitch over the ends until I am sure they are secure. Never had a problem.


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