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 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.

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.....


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