I thought I knew what needlepoint canvas was until I looked at a serious embroidery catalog for the first time. Penelope, interlock, mono... what's the difference and how do you know which one to use?
The needlepoint canvas mesh size can really change the way a piece looks. The smaller the size, the more detailed and refined it appears. The larger the size, the easier it is to stitch for those with impaired fine motor skills such as children or the elderly suffering from arthritis and visual impairment.
There are some other names used for needlepoint work based on the canvas mesh size.
Use a blunt tapestry needle for stitching. Wool tapestry yarn is most often used as the thread. Check that the thread size covers well in relation to the mesh size, if you don't want any canvas to show when you're done. Tapestry kits take care of the calculations and supply everything for you. Also, cover the edges of the needlepoint canvas with masking tape to prevent it from fraying or snagging the yarn as you stitch.
Do not allow the mesh (other than plastic canvas) to become wet until you are done stitching. Water could remove the starch and make it too flimsy to embroider.
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