I have recently started the move to stitch straight onto painters canvas.
I like that directness but and have learned a few things;
First ... as strong as it is, even dense stitches will make canvas ripple/pucker as you go.
Not much, but just enough to concern me when it comes to my work.
Second ... canvas shrinks when you wet it.
I noticed this when I tried to paint a wash as a background (acrylic paint, well watered).
I'm sure I will learn lots more as I progress.
My latest piece which I have named 'Thicket' (in photo below) was painted with a grey wash before I started stitching, but with dense rows of stitching it was showing some rippling in spite of the pre-shrinking. I decided to staple the piece to a board, wet it thoroughly and let dry in the sun.
It only shrunk minimally after that last wetting, but enough to let me frame it without worrying too much about and 'pouffs' in the canvas.
After taking a new photo of re-shrunk canvas and then cropping it to approx. finished edges, I am happy with it and will stretch it onto a frame soon. The colouring is a bit off in this photo.
|THICKET - detail|