Differences between Needlepoint canvases: Printed vs Hand Painted

Needlepoint, a beloved craft that has adorned homes for centuries, is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Whether you're a seasoned stitcher or a novice looking to embark on a creative journey, one of the key decisions you'll face is choosing your needlepoint canvases. While there has been a long-standing belief within the needlepoint community that hand painted canvases hold more artistic value, this blog post aims to debunk that notion. Both printed and hand painted canvases have their own unique qualities and artistic merits, making them equally valuable choices for enthusiasts.

Let's delve into the differences and appreciate the value of each.


Printed VS Hand Painted Needlepoint Canvases

  1. Hand Painted Needlepoint Canvases:

Hand Painted canvases are a unique piece of art. Skilled artists painstakingly paint each intersection of the canvas one at a time, which makes the transfer of the design very precise (although there are also painted canvases that are not made like this, you have to analyze this situation!).

This meticulous process ensures that every canvas is one-of-a-kind, but it also makes them much more expensive, since it takes so many hours to make one single canvas. This is definitely a beloved option for people with larger budgets, but it can become unsustainable for other stitchers.

  1. Printed Needlepoint Canvases:

Printed canvases, on the other hand, use a different process. The design is printed onto the canvas, allowing for a quicker and more cost-effective production. This process maintains the integrity of the original artwork, reproducing it with accuracy. There are also a lot of printed canvases on the market nowadays that use stitch-simulating techniques reinforcing the precision of each intersection, where producers choose where each color goes on the canvas, providing a smoother stitching experience. You can see these types of stitch-simulating canvases in kits like Desert Cactus Scene or Folk Horse, for example. 

folk horse stitch simulating canvasFolk Horse with stitch-simulating printed canvas

  While some may argue that this method lacks the personal touch of hand-painting, printed canvases are equally beautiful and artistic, and this option offers its own set of advantages, especially in terms of accessibility and affordability for every type of stitcher.

The Artistic Value of Both Needlepoint Canvases

It's crucial to recognize that both handpainted and printed needlepoint canvases have artistic value. Here's why:

  1. Designer Expression: All needlepoint designs, regardless of the canvas type, originate from the artistic expression of a designer, illustrator, or painter. These artists invest their creativity, time, and expertise in crafting unique and contemporary designs that are transformed into needlepoint.

  2. Accessibility: Printed canvases open the world of needlepoint to a broader audience. They are more affordable than their hand painted counterparts, making the craft accessible to individuals with varying budgets. This affordability factor can't be understated, as it allows more people to experience the therapeutic and creative benefits of needlepoint.

Making Needlepoint for Everyone

At Unwind Studio, we prioritize the accessibility and affordability of our products. We understand that crafts like needlepoint have a significant role in promoting happiness and mental well-being. By offering printed canvases, we aim to make this delightful pastime accessible to everyone, regardless of their budget and expertise, welcoming new stitchers to our community with pleasure!


In the end, the choice between hand painted and printed needlepoint canvases boils down to personal preference and budget. Both options have their own artistic value and unique qualities. Ultimately, what matters most is the joy and satisfaction you derive from your needlepoint creations. So, whether you opt for hand painted or printed canvases, know that your choice is valid, and your artistic journey is worth celebrating.

Happy stitching!