Let us help you discover three essential tips that every stitcher needs to know to add texture to a canvas.
Stitch With a Variety of Threads
One of the best things about needlepoint (besides the dizzying array of canvases to choose from) is the selection of threads available! You can select from different fibers such as cotton, silk, and wool; embrace a rainbow of gorgeous colors, shades, variegations, and overdyes; and use textures such as fuzzy, velvet, and shiny. Consider incorporating some specialty threads to add a little pop of sparkle or enhance an area, such as a fuzzy Santa’s beard or a velvety teddy bear, even when you’re using a basic tent stitch.
Incorporate Decorative Stitches
Another wonderful facet of needlepoint is the ability to customize your project exactly as you please. You can stitch the entire canvas in basketweave and one type of thread, or you can incorporate decorative stitches and a variety of threads. Including decorative stitches is a great way to add texture and interest to your project.
Dimensional stitches add visual interest with contrast that pops off the weave of the canvas. We love incorporating French knots and the Jessica stitch in specific areas, the diagonal mosaic or alternating T-stitch for backgrounds, and the upright cross stitch for lettering. The right decorative stitch can bring your project to life, and the possibilities are endless. Check out our selection of needlepoint books
for more decorative stitch ideas.
Focus on Detailed Design Elements
Think like an artist and look at each of the specific design elements on the canvas. Consider which different threads paired with decorative stitches can capture the real-life essence of these components. For example, create snow using the woven stitch in silk lamé braid, make an animal come to life with long stitches, add dimension to Santa’s coat with turkey-work trim, or create full greenery with French knots in a variegated thread such as straw silk.
Ready to add texture and dimension to your next canvas sewing project? Check out our selection of needlepoint Christmas ornament canvases
and get inspired to try some of these tips yourself. Happy stitching!