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Needlepoint Question

plotdot1 | Posted in General Discussion on

I’ve been looking for a needlepoint pattern to fit a loveseat bottom, which is an odd size (20 by 42). So many of the really nice designs have canvases that are too small or aren’t long enough in one of the directions. Is there a way to add length and/or width onto a needlepoint canvas?


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    Long, long ago, I saw a description of extending needlepoint canvas.  The extension was overlapped very slightly (1/2", possibly) onto the main piece and was basted lightly.  The weave was lined up on both pieces, and when the design was worked through both layers, the decorative stitches held the "seam" fast.

    You'd probably want to do a sample first to make sure that the line wouldn't show and that the decorative stitching would indeed cover the seam.  If so, you could make the line follow an element of the design (say, around the edge of a motif) so that a slight ridge would look intentional.

    If that doesn't work, maybe you could buy blank canvas to fit and use any of the many possible ways of transferring designs onto it.

    1. plotdot1 | | #4

      Hi Teaf5
      This is also a good idea. I think it would be worth a try, if the canvas isn't too thick.

  2. cat42 | | #2

    Interesting problem! I have a couple ideas in addition to the other response you got. I assume you are using pre-printed canvases (because if you were working from a scored design on paper, you could just do more backbround or add a border of something like that to make it fit). You could do two identical or two related designs, and then join them with a fancy ribbon or braid, or with strips of velvet upholstery. Or you could center your design and then fill in the extra width with velvet upholstery.

    The method described by the other responder will create a ridge of thicker work where the layers are overlapped, which might be undesirable. If so, then the answer is to work the parts separately and join them as described above. You might still have a ridge, but it will be less noticeable because of the texture change from needlepoint to fabric, ribbon or braid.

    Good luck!

    1. plotdot1 | | #3

      Thank you, cat42. I'll look at using your suggestions.

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