Why is Needlepoint so expensive? A Guide to find affordable Needlepoint!

Needlepoint has often been perceived as an expensive hobby. While it's true that some aspects of needlepoint can be pricey, we're always on a mission to make it accessible to every type of stitcher, and there are plenty of ways to make this delightful craft fit every budget. In this guide, we'll explore why needlepoint can seem expensive and provide you with practical tips on how to enjoy it without breaking the bank.

1. Choose Printed Canvas Over Hand Painted

One of the reasons needlepoint can appear expensive is the cost of hand painted canvases. These canvases are meticulously painted by artists and come with a higher price tag. However, there's an excellent alternative: printed canvases. These canvases are pre-printed with the design, which reduces the cost significantly while maintaining quality. Printed canvases offer a wide range of beautiful designs to choose from, ensuring you can find one that suits your taste and budget.

You can learn more about the differences between these two type of canvases in our dedicated blog post: Differences between Needlepoint Canvases: Printed vs Hand Painted.

2. Budget-Friendly Threads and Supplies

While some needlepoint supplies can be costly, there are economical options available that won't compromise on quality. Here are some budget-friendly choices:

  • Needles: Invest in blunt tapestry needles, which are affordable and perfect for needlepoint. They are durable and easy to work with.

  • Embroidery Scissors: You don't need to splurge on expensive scissors. A basic pair of embroidery scissors will suffice for cutting threads.

  • Threads: DMC Perle Cotton and DMC Retors Mat (Soft Cotton) are excellent choices for budget-conscious stitchers. They come in a wide range of colors and provide good quality for your projects!
    You can also get creative and reuse some threads you already have from other projects, changing the original colors of the design and giving it your own twist!

By opting for these cost-effective supplies, you can significantly reduce the overall cost of your needlepoint projects.

3. Embark on Smaller Projects

Embarking on smaller needlepoint projects can help you manage your budget more effectively. Smaller projects require fewer supplies, making them a cost-effective choice for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. Look for small needlepoint kits that include everything you need to complete a project, such as a canvas, threads, and instructions. These kits are often affordable and can be a great way to start your needlepoint journey without a large upfront investment.

small needlepoint kits by unwind studio

4. Utilize Free Patterns

There is a wealth of free patterns available online and in books. By utilizing these resources, you can find a vast array of designs without spending a dime. Whether you're into classic designs, modern motifs, or seasonal themes, free patterns can provide endless inspiration for your needlepoint projects.

5. Hunt for Deals and Sales

To make needlepoint even more budget-friendly, keep an eye out for deals and sales. Many needlepoint suppliers offer discounts on kits, threads, and accessories throughout the year. You can also subscribe to newsletters or follow the social media accounts of your favorite suppliers to receive updates on promotions and special offers. Additionally, you can check out our Final Few section to shop for discounted items!

final few sale unwind studio

In conclusion, while needlepoint can seem expensive at first glance, there are numerous ways to make it affordable for every type of budget. By choosing printed canvases, selecting budget-friendly supplies, working on smaller projects, utilizing free patterns, and hunting for deals and sales, you can enjoy the art of needlepoint without straining your finances.

Needlepoint is not just a craft; it's a relaxing and creative journey that should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their budget. So, pick up your needle and canvas, and start stitching your way to affordable and enjoyable needlepoint projects!