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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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.

Comment by Cindy Chapman on October 3, 2012 at 7:17am
Hmm, maybe put a piece of muslin or old sheet or pillowcase between the stored canvases.
Comment by K.B. on October 3, 2012 at 6:59am

I twist the ends and couch them. It is usually one of the last things I put on the canvas--mostly because I don't like handling it. I always wrap my completed canvases in tissue paper because they sometimes sit here for a year or more before I send them out for finishing.

Comment by Margaret Condy on October 3, 2012 at 5:48am

Thank you  Pat and Jane (Hi Jane , how ya' doing?)  I have tried both of those but there always seems to be just enough of a sharp catch escaping to snag some surface thread.  I don't immediately frame or make a pillow of my finished work so finished canvases do get stacked. I wonder if I could heat the end to make a smooth rounded cut off?  Hmmm

Comment by Pat Miller on October 2, 2012 at 9:32pm

I did the same thing, Jane.  Just tacked it down...I always put a piece of quilt batting under the backing fabric which helps to pad ornaments anyway...maybe that would work?

Comment by Jane/Chillyhollow on October 2, 2012 at 9:28pm

Margaret just asked how anyone who has used it finished memory wire on the back side.  I always bend the loose end into a loop, then tack the loop down on the back side with plenty of the thread I used to couch it.  I've only used it 2-3 times but that works ok with me.  But I've been doing large pieces that'll be framed, not small ornaments.  For those you might need padding so the wire bump doesn't show on a back side.  Just my thoughts.....

Comment by Anne Marie Carr on August 23, 2012 at 12:05am
I second what Jane said, can you please post a photo, add a link or describe the peice? That would help us to make better and more creative suggestions...
Comment by Jane/Chillyhollow on August 21, 2012 at 7:35pm

There are lots of darning patterns but it does depend on what sort of pattern you want.  Do you want floating candy canes or reindeer or something like that?  Or would you be satisfied with a pattern that is long stitches (either horizontal or vertical) over three threads, under two, repeat?  Suzy Murphy has a book of darning patterns, I think.   Let me look.  Yes, it is called Suzy's Darn Stitches.  There are background darning stitches, borders from darning stitches, etc.  Can you tell us more about what you are looking for?

Comment by Rivkah Katz on August 21, 2012 at 6:27pm

Does anyone know some darning stitches I could use for background?

Thanks, Rivkah

Comment by Jane/Chillyhollow on August 8, 2012 at 9:23am

Judy, Beatty Stitch and your thread choice are perfect!  Kudos to you for having a great eye and imagination.


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