I have a fun and unique art project for you all today! I love making art for my home and filling up our walls with personalized pieces. Canvases are a great place to start when making art for your home, but they aren’t just for painting! Why not try some embroidered DIY canvas wall art?
Supplies needed to make your own embroidered DIY canvas wall art:
- Blank Prestretched Artist Canvas (I used 18″x 24″)
- Craft Thread or Embroidery Floss
- Threading Needle
- Craft Scissors
- Pencil and Eraser
Step One. Pick colors. The craft thread pack comes with lots of fun colors, you could use every color in the rainbow if you want, but I decided to limit my color palette. I chose to work with maroon, the pinks, the two darker blues, and the bright yellow. I used one to two skeins of each color to complete the project.
Step Two. Mark off canvas. Using your ruler and pencil, lightly mark off the sections of the canvas that you want to embroider. I left a two inch border all the way around the canvas. Then I marked off a line eight inches over on the left side and three and a half inches over on the right side. Remember to make your marks lightly, you will be erasing them later on!
Step Three. Embroider your DIY canvas wall art. Thread your needle with a piece of long thread (it needs to be long enough to go across the canvas at least once). Pull the needle up through the canvas on the line you marked on the left side of the canvas. Tie a double knot in the end of your thread to keep it from pulling all the way through the canvas.
Then pull the needle down through the canvas and back up until you get to the next line. Don’t worry too much about getting your stitches perfect. I liked the look of staggering the length and space between each stitch.
When you get to the next marked line, you will create that cool draped effect. Pull the needle up through the canvas on the line. Then insert the needle back down through the canvas on the next line. Pull on the thread to loosen it until you get the drape that you like. Then just keep stitching across until you get to the next line.
When you get to the end of the row, finish off with a double knot on the backside of the canvas and move onto the next row. I just made up the color pattern as I went along adding in more of whatever color I felt should come next. Be creative and have fun with it!
This project takes a bit of time to complete, but it’s a good one to keep your hands busy while watching TV.
Step Four. Finishing. At this point, there are just a few final steps to finish off your DIY canvas wall art. First, use a good eraser to very carefully remove your pencil lines from the canvas. Second, straighten out those draped threads.
When you are finished embroidering, your draped threads will probably look something like this:
You can see I already straightened out the top couple of drapes – a big difference, right? Getting rid of the kinks in your thread is simple. Just get your fingers wet and slide them along the draped sections, pulling gently.
Happy Making! If you’re looking for more canvas art projects to try, check out this watercolor state canvas art.
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.