I worked with Susan Segalla a few months ago, to resize two of her photos of her kats (Josie and Tinker) to make into 12 x 12 needlepoint cat pillows. She ordered two needlepoint canvases. We discussed removing the background, but she thought it would be no problem for her to stitch over it. See the image below, it was 10″ high, but we changed the “Advanced Settings” so the canvas would be 14 x 14.
Look how great Susan’s pillow looks! She found a great brown rope trim, and matching faux sweud backing, but the other thing I love are the whiskers! She made them from paint brush bristles. If you are looking to make a needlepoint pillow, Peggy wrote a blog about needlepoint pillows that would be good to read.
Do you have any good links for making pillow’s for other stitchers? Please add your links in the comments to this post!