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Switching Colors on Canvases

Switching Colors on Canvases

I adore switching colors on canvases. A canvas could be painted in my favorite colors and I would probably still want to change the colors! 

My friends Coco and Miss B also adore changing colors on canvases. In fact, Miss B helped Coco choose colors for one of my favorite color swaps...ever! 





I fabulous is this panda? Absolutely BEYOND! If you have a canvas that you would like helping switch colors on Miss B is your girl. Either call the Newport store at 401-324-5429 or email 

Below are some canvases that I think would be fabulous as is or switched out...



I would stitch each flower in different shades of the same color. For example, one flower could be in pinks, one in purples, one in blues, ect. I would either be very extra and do the background in a metallic or a navy or black to make the flowers POP



This canvas is fabulous as is BUT a color switch would be BEYOND fun. I would do either corals and browns OR purples and greens. Anyway you stitch this darling clutch you cannot go wrong! 



Jewel Tones. All the jewel tones. Hot pink where there is red, keep the yellows bright, switch the blues to turquoise. Think Pucci, think fun, think happy, feminine, and girly. 



I adore this frame. I would use my fiber stash to stitch each heart a different color. If you were feeling adventurous you could even add your monogram in the middle and finish as a tray, clutch, or pillow. 



I pulled fibers for this canvas the other day and it was SO fun. Again I would just PLAY. This is a piece for exploring color combinations. Make it wild and incorporate glitter! I would either finish as a large clutch or an acrylic tray.  

Tips for Switching Color 

When changing out color make sure to choose a color of a similar VALUE, so the original canvas is covered. For example switch out a bright orange with a bright pink. Do NOT try to cover a bright orange with a pale, light pink. 

That being said, also choose a stitch that will have full coverage AKA not let the canvas show underneath. Continental, basketweave, and diagonal mosaic are all fabulous for switching colors. 

HAVE FUN! This is the most important. Needlepoint is a hobby and should bring joy, peace, and happiness. 

I hope this was helpful! 





Nov 03, 2021

Great post! I loved the examples and all the information you shared. Freshening colors brings the modern needlepoint look we all love! Could be applied to vintage canvasses that are old looking in not a good way.

Kristen LeNeave

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