How to Print onto a Needlepoint Canvas

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How to Print onto a Needlepoint Canvas
Transfer a design to needlepoint canvas using transfer sheets. (computer image by Orlando Florin Rosu from

Printing on needlepoint canvas is either done by hand with coloured markers or with a transfer sheet created on the computer. The computer-generated transfer sheet irons on to the needlepoint canvas and transfers the design. The design will transfer the opposite of what is seen on the computer screen so all lettering must be done as a mirror image. Hand-printed designs are easily transferred to a needlepoint canvas by placing the desired design under the canvas and tracing around the outside edges of each object in the design. The areas are then coloured in with marker on the canvas surface.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Paint program
  • Colour printer
  • Transfer paper
  • Optional: Tape
  • Needlepoint canvas
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

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  1. 1

    Scan the desired picture into the computer. Save as a jpeg file and save to an easily found location.

  2. 2

    Open the "Paint" program in the Windows menu. Select "File" then "Open." Locate and open the file; it will appear on the Paint program screen.

  3. 3

    Select "Image" then "Image Size." Copy and paste sections of the image to new pages if the design is larger than the transfer paper. Transfer paper is normally 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Designs that are larger need to be separated into multiple sheets.

  4. 4

    Remove all paper from the printer's tray. Place one sheet of transfer paper in the tray at a time. Print the sheet.

  5. 5

    Optional: Tape multiple sheets together to form the complete picture.

  6. 6

    Place the needlepoint canvas on an ironing board. Lay the transfer sheet on the needlepoint canvas so the back of the paper is facing up.

  7. 7

    Iron the transfer paper onto the fabric. Set the iron to a cotton setting and allow to heat fully before using. Place the iron on the top right corner of the design. Allow the iron to sit in the same spot for 10 seconds. Move the iron to the immediate left of the ironed section and allow the iron to sit for 10 seconds. Repeat the process until the complete area of the transfer paper is ironed.

  8. 8

    Carefully lift one corner of the transfer sheet and look at the needlepoint canvas. Check to see if the transfer has occurred. If not, repeat the process a second time. Remove the transfer sheet. The canvas is ready to use.

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