Adapt Embroidery Patterns
This needlepoint instruction will help you identify line drawings intended for embroidery suitable for needlepoint. With the renewed interest in free embroidery (embroidery on a on-counted ground or fabric), you can find lots of pretty cool free patterns intended to transfer onto a piece of fabric.
But you can just as easily transfer them onto a piece of needlepoint canvas and use them as a line-drawing for your needlepoint.
When you look at embroidery transfer designs, what you see are the lines of the design which will be covered with stitching. Most free embroidery of this type relies on the fabric to covey the design and so they have lots of open spaces.
This is good for us as needlepointers because we will fill those areas up with stitches.
The Most Important Thing: Look for designs with open areas which aren’t filled with lots of lines to be covered.
But (isn’t there always a but), in free embroidery other details, like facial expression are conveyed with lines and other details as well.
Here is where you have a problem. When you embroider on cloth you can stick a stitch anywhere, it can be any angle, it can stop or start anyplace. But with needlepoint you are stuck with the grid. The bigger the wholes, the fewer details you can convey. So a design with too many little details will lose them when changed to needlepoint.
It’s like looking at a scene through a screen as opposed to through a window. With the screen you can see everything, yes, but you lose detail. Needlepoint canvas is the screen.
But that still leaves plenty to choose from. The needlepoint instruction on transferring a design to canvas shows you step-by-step how to do this.