I know I’ve been talking a lot about needlepoint lately. It’s bringing me so much joy personally and from the messages I’m getting, I know it’s helping a lot of people too. It’s a great distraction and honestly so easy that you don’t really need to think at all while doing it. (You can make it more of an art, but the basic stitches are super easy to do!) I’ve been curling up on the daybed in my office and listening to audiobooks or watching TV while I stitch.
A big issue for many is that it can be a super expensive hobby so I wanted to round up some more affordable needlepoint canvases. Many needlepoint canvases are hand painted which is why it can get so costly. Having stitched hand painted and printed canvases, I can assure you the hand painted ones are done so perfectly and you can see the difference in the final product. (Printed ones can have cross-sections that have two colors so you have to make a guess on which color thread to use whereas when someone is painting by hand, they’re painstakingly painting each cross section with one color so there’s no confusion.)
This is not an exhaustive list. Just wanted to share a few additional options in addition to what I shared earlier.
PAINT YOUR OWN
One option is to paint your own! I’d love to try my hand at this at some point. You can buy plain mesh canvas and simply paint your own design. You can freehand with paint or you can just go ahead and skip the paint and freehand with thread. Even if you’re not a super talented artist, you can choose simple designs like lettering and small motifs. Here’s a pretty straightforward video about how to paint a canvas, but again you could totally just paint on the canvas without tracing. A few of my friends have done this, particularly for custom gifts, and I absolutely love that you end up with something totally unique and personalized. Use acrylic paint, basic paintbrushes, and blank canvas and you’re on your way to making your own.
Ebay is also a really fun spot to treasure hunt for vintage canvases. Usually they’re more affordable, though I’ve seen some expensive works of art as well. This definitely takes a bit more patience and you may want to set alerts for Ebay to notify you when vintage canvases are listed.
I’ve also seen a ton of fun options on Etsy. There are preexisting listings but some artists also allow you to reach out to them to have them create something from your own imagination. Again, this can be hit or miss in terms of price point, but I’ve found that since the artist is selling directly to the customer and not going through a middle man, the price is usually on the lower side. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites– and definitely think I need this Hoya Saxa pennant!