Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Charley Harper Design: Needlepoint

Charley Harper is one of my favorite artists and I found some of his famous prints printed on a needlepoint canvas online. I got very excited until I saw the prices which ranged from $55 to well over $100! Yikes! These prices are just for the canvases and threads aren't even included!

Then, l I found one of the images of the canvas big enough to where I can see the details of the mesh. So, I decided to use that image to chart the image myself! Here is a cute fawn that will be transformed into a needlepoint creation!

The Fawn by Charley Harper

The process is very straight forward; I transferred the image to a small grid graph paper which I printed from online, counting each colored section. I bought an 18 count mono canvas and embroidery floss colors #780, 783, 779, 310, and white. I would say I saved at least 50 bucks by doing it this way :-).

Transferring the image of the needelpoint canvas I found online to my graph paper.

Here is my progress and I love it so far! The pattern is very simple and easy. I think this will be a great beginner's project. I really should've started off with this pattern instead of the humming bird design. What was a I thinking?

My progress.

I will be adding a background color but I'm not sure what. I'm thinking a shade of green but what do you guys think? Your advice will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!


  1. Amy it is really wonderful. I love that you transferred it and thought it all out. looking forward to seeing your progress.

  2. Hi Amy, you invent a lot of things, I like that ;) I am looking forward to see your progress. It looks nice so far!
    Hugs, Ilona

    1. @Mereknits, Otterine, and Ilona: Thank you! :-)
      @Mai: I know you would like this post!

  3. What professional work! I would have just free handed it. This is so perfect looking. The grid work alone is art! I would do a pink background, then I'd make a teal one. I'm out of control. I think any color would look sweet. You can't go wrong now. Such a precious little thing!

    1. Thanks Caroline! The colored grid work is actually a needlepoint canvas i printed off online!

  4. Wonderful work. Its so cute. I think a green colour would be nice.
    Hugs Maria

  5. awwwwww! so cute :-)
    I haven't done needlepoint in years and it's just another of the many things I've been wanting to get back to.

    1. Thanks! You should definitely start needlepointing again! :-)