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What is the best choice of fabric for a needlepoint canvas

I personally like to use a fabric that is comparable in weight to the stitched canvas. Why?  A stitched canvas has a lot of personality based on the stitcher and the quality of the materials. The stitching tension may be tight or relaxed depending on the stitcher. Even if you stitch on a frame, you can still tell the difference between a stitcher that is stitching...
Finishing touches on Ecclesiastical Needlepoint

Finishing touches on Ecclesiastical Needlepoint

We use monks braid instead of fabric cording mostly on church kneelers and cushions. Most of the pieces that we receive for restoration will have a separate boxing (gusset) and they were originally finished with a fabric cording. Monks Braid is a great alternative to fabric cording: It is the very last step of completing the restoration. The braid is hand sewn in...
Needlepoint Blocking

Needlepoint Blocking

My blocking experience and training started back in 1979. My job description was a “Blocker”, I blocked hundreds of canvases my first year. No exaggeration! We were the finisher for many needlepoint shops and numerous churches along the East Coast. This is where I had the opportunity to learn and recognize the individual characteristics of needlepoint canvases,...