Turning a Photo into a Needlepoint Canvas is not as simple as is seams. Which which is why we are always looking for new ideas to create the best needlepoint canvases.
Recently we had an issue with one of our customers, because the image on the canvas turned out to be much blurrier than the original. Since the person was a very experienced needlepointer, and they wanted to pick their own colors, we decided to try a direct photo transfer. This process looks a lot better, but it does not directly follow the mesh. They loved it!
Unfortunately, I don’t have the images of those exact canvases to compare with, but I did talk to some more stitchers and decide that in some cases a direct photo transfer would be better. I experimented and took some pictures so you can see the clarity difference.
Left is Direct Transfer on the Right is NeedlePaint
You can see how the direct transfer is crisper (which is the one the customer picked), But to be clear, we do not recommend this unless you are experienced, and only if your image is not coming out clearly on NeedlePaint.com
The reason we think the website’s “NeedlePainting” version is better, is that it groups similar colors for you, and it matches real floss colors to your canvas. The end result is that even if you are experience and like to do the colors and grouping yourself, the final stitched canvas will come out almost identical. With our counted stitch guides and color aids, we believe the NeedlePaint versions will come out stitched better. And if you are having troubles with letters, just email us after you place the order, and we will fix them.
But, as mentioned, on some projects the direct transfer can make a big difference, so if you have any issues when placing an order, please use this image and description as reference to help make your decision. We will also still include a counted stitch guide, color aid, and color chart for your reference, even though it won’t match identically, it may still help!
And, as always, feel free to email or call me to discuss.