Inside: Canvas Embroidery Ideas

The beauty of embroidery lies in its versatility. At least that’s what I think. You can use this skill as a fun form of expression, a useful tool when sewing and a creative hobby to get you out of your head when you need it. Embroidery isn’t just stuck to those fabric hoops either. You can embroider clothing, purses, blankets, and my most recent favorite: Canvas!

Mixed medium art is one of my favorite things to add to my home. I just find that there is so much more for the eye to look at when there are a few different textures and supplies in use. This is why embroidery on canvas has been my latest obsession!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry…I’m getting there.

Canvas Embroidery is essentially when embroidery directly into a painted canvas rather than the traditional hoop. You can choose to paint beforehand for some added color and uniqueness, or just to add depth to your piece, you can also leave it blank.

There are many options!

Lots of people use this form of art to go into a more abstract direction with it, painting freeform shapes and then embroidering them to achieve a beautiful look.

Embroidery On Canvas

It can be so simple to achieve and yet so fun! Not to mention you end up with a great form of decor. I’m guessing you’re mind is exactly where mine is…how do I make one of these for myself? I’m about to dive into my own little tutorial,  How to: Embroidery on Canvas.

DIY Embroidery On Canvas

I am SO excited to get started. This is actually a surprisingly simple process, with limited supplies needed. If you are already an embroiderer then you will have most of these tools on hand! If not, then you get to go to one of my favorite places in the world: the craft store!

Your local craft supply store should have all of these things on deck.


  • Paint Canvas (Size of your choosing)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint
  • Embroidery Needles
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Scissors

Step One: Choosing Your Design

To start out, you are going to want to brainstorm what your embroidery painting will look like. Decide on whether or not you want to paint beforehand or just go into it with a plain canvas. Either is a great option, but I vote to add some paint. It’ll create such a fun piece of decor when you are finished. It can tie a whole room together!

I understand it can be a bit daunting trying to pick out what you want your theme to be when you’ve probably never seen one of these before. With this in mind, I created a list of the most adorable Canvas Embroidery Ideas I could find on the internet, and let me tell you…they are amazing!

So go through this list to get some ideas for your own project. There are plenty to choose from. Remember that you get to make anything you see here work for your own vision, by adding details and themes that speak to you.

After all, surrounding yourself with decor that is true to you is the best way to make your home feel that much more comforting.

Embroidery On Painted Canvas

Embroidery On Painted Canvas Ideas

1. Abstract Face

2. Cute Plant

3. 2 Toned Plant Painting

4. Abstract Plants

5. Single Lined Coffee

6. Hand Holding

7. Paradise Lost

8. Cute Planters

9. Georgia Embroidered

10. Plant on Yellow Canvas

11. Cloud Paintings

12. Butterfly Art Piece

13. Sun and Moon

14. African Woman Embroidery

Embroidery On Canvas

Step Two: Prepare

Okay, now that you got some ideas and you know what direction you are going in it’s time to prepare your supplies! Take a minute to set out all of your paint colors, embroidery thread & needle, etc. Though it may seem like a tedious step, it really helps in the long run. Trust me, I’ve gotten overzealous and too amped up to get started on a project, and then I had to keep stopping my flow to get up and get another supply. This way avoids that disruption.

Step Three: Paint

Next, you need to paint your canvas(if you chose to do so, if not skip this step). I think you’ll find this step to be more fun than the last…until it’s time to let it dry. Especially if you’re super excited to get to the embroidery section of this project. But I promise it will be well worth it when you see that finished project! So get to paintin and waitin.

Step Four: Embroider

Great job waiting! This is where your piece will really come together. Grab your embroidery supplies and get to it. This section can be so much more fun if you choose to include a podcast or some music to listen to while you work on it. Crafting is such a fun experience by itself that sometimes we may forget that we can make it even better by setting the scene a bit.

And that’s it! After you are finished embroidering, you can take a step back and look at your finished product. Art is a game of practice, and you will keep improving with time. Be proud that you took the time to do such fun things for yourself! If you want to spice it up, even more, frame it.

How to frame embroidery step by step

How to Frame Embroidery On Canvas

This is relatively easy these days, especially since you don’t have to make your frame yourself. If that is something you are interested in doing, then there are loads of tutorials for you on the internet, but for now, we are just going to walk through how to buy one to fit your canvas.

First, you’re going to want to measure it. If you remember the measurements from before you took the packaging off that works too!

Next, you just go online or back to your craft store and pick out a frame that will look great with your Canvas Embroidery. Pay close attention to make sure you are getting the right size.

Then, you just go home and insert the canvas into it. Voila! You’re all set.

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