- Needlepoint Kits
- Needlepoint Canvas
- Finished Needlepoint
- Tramme Needlepoint
- Preworked Needlepoint
- French Aubusson
1. Design (picture and size): The theme of a needlepoint work is exposed to the meshes on a basis. As stitches have a tendency to shape zigzag lines, continuous and easy curves aren't very easily reproduced. A guideline is that paintings in elaborate designs are not the perfect blueprint for needlepoint, otherwise?more attempts and special methods are needed to carry out the project.
2. Research and analyze the pattern
3. Zoom in or zoom out: Zoom in or zoom out the pattern as required.
4. Choose colours: Choose proper colours from your share of threads.
5. Dye colours (applicable in an artwork)(figure 5-4-1 and figure 5-4-2): Roughly estimate the amount of threads of each color, and decide which colors need to be dyed.
In case a particular color is in short, dye before it is run out. Otherwise, it would be very hard to dye the same color.
Tools for dyeing: enamel basin, enamel cup; glass rod, plastic basket; drying machine, and bamboo stick. Determine the hues and shades of color and estimate the amount of each color based on the design and the size of final work. In the interest of convenience, reserve a bit of each color thread as a reference for future dyeing.
The hue of color is something of proportion and amount of each primary color (red, yellow and blue). The shade is determined by how long the threads are exposed in hot water and the proportion of dye to cool water. While small-scale dyeing can be made based on experience and estimation, large-scale dyeing should have a test batch first.
6. Arrange threads: All colors should be arranged in the descending order of shades (from dark to light). Check against the design to see whether there is any color missing (figure 5-3).
7. Cut down the canvas and close the selvage: Close the selvage to avoid the edges of canvas from loosening.
8. Combine canvas: When the size of a canvas is a little smaller than that of a photo, several foundations ought to be stitched together (figure 5-4).
9. Grid: Mark grids on the pattern, then grid the weft and warp threads on framework accordingly (figure 5-5).
10. Load onto a stretcher framework: Load the building blocks tightly onto a stretcher framework.
11. Outline: Mark outlines on the canvas to ensure that the fined pictures won't deform.
12. Translate: translate the pattern or picture into a needlepoint design.
13. Calculate threads: Calculate the volume of threads in each color. Applicable merely to mass-produced handicrafts and daily supplies.
14. Make color palettes (figure 5-6): Record each color on a color palette. Regard it as a reference through the needlework.
15. Outsource (distribute and get back): Outsource the work to other embroiders or factories. When the project is finished, get back for quality control.
16. Inspect quality: Compare the ultimate work with the initial design thoroughly to see whether there is any difference.
17. Adjust and modify.
18. Iron out.
19. Stitch collectively: Applicable just to mass- produced handicrafts and daily supplies.
20. Tidy up the surface.
21. Frame (in an oil painting framework).
22. Pack and leave factory.
23. Install: In a large-scale work, interior architecture may also take a part in the installing work.