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Needlepoint: Most Popular Articles

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Scissors and Snips for Needlepoint
Every needlepointer needs a good quality pair of scissors to keep in their work basket or bag. here you will find some sites that make some of the best.
Stitching Piping to Needlepoint
Piping adds a nice finish to any project. It's easy to stitch to a needlepoint project by following these basic guidelnes.
Crewel Yarn
A fine, wool yarn that cannot be separated into plies. It is most often used in Petite Point on fine-mesh canvas, or Crewel surface embroidery.
New to Needlepointing? Try These 56 Needlepoint...
Here you will find a list of the available Needlepoint Stitches, along with their Stitch Journal pages for you to print and enjoy.
Dreidel Needlepoint Pattern - Instructions for...
Stitch a Dreidel Petite Four for the Holidays.
Holiday Stars and Trees Needlepoint Pattern
The Holiday Stars and Trees needlepoint pattern set features 3 separate charts that can be used individually, yet all coordinate. Patterns include a block of 9 stars on a neutral background, a trio of trees, and a single tree. Any of these would make a perfect Holiday gift.
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and...
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and Petit Point?
Continental Stitch - How to Work the Continenta...
The most commonly used needlepoint stitch is the Continental Stitch, and is often referred to as the “tent” stitch. This stitch is worked diagonally over one intersection of canvas mesh.
How to Block a Needlepoint Canvas - Instruction...
A finished needlepoint canvas will often be slightly warped when worked in a needlepoint frame, or very warped when worked in the hands. Here you'll find instructions for re-shaping your canvas.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
Sources for Vintage Needlepoint Patterns
Here you will find a list of FREE vintage and antique pattern resources that are in the public domain. You can use these lovely designs as inspiration for needlepoint. The wealth of charted, easy-to-follow designs can be used for cross stitch and needlepoint, or other types of embroidery. Be sure to also check out the filet crochet patterns, as these feature charted designs than can be adapted to stitchery.
14 Needlework Shops That Have All You Need in...
Here you'll find recommendations on where to find needlepoint supplies, canvas, and tools in Canada.
Needlepoint for Beginners
If you are new to needlepoint, this page features articles, tips and techniques to help get you started. In no time at all you will be creating beautiful needlepoint projects by learning just a few basics.
Learn How to Work the Tent Stitch
Tent Stitch refers to a family of needlepoint stitches, and is used to work the design area, or to fill in the background of the canvas.
The Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches. Page 2.
Basketweave Stitch - How to Work the Basketweav...
The basketweave stitch is from a member of the tent stitch family of needlepoint stitches. It is also one of the most common stitches used for needlepoint background areas.
Using the Needlepoint Stitch Journal
There are hundreds of stitches used in Needlepoint. A stitch journal is handy to refer to when looking for just the right stitch for a project, or to learn a new stitch.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
Long Stitch - How to Work the Long Stitch
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
French Knots - How to Make French Knots
A French knot is a type of surface stitch used to make small, decorative knots. The knots can be used individually and are very easy to stitch.
Surfboard Pattern Series - Sets 3 and 4
The Surfboard Pattern Series is an ongoing series of designs to stitch in needlepoint. Here you will find the free needlepoint patterns for surfboard sets 3 and 4. Page 3.
Asian Inspired Alphabet
This needlepoint alphabet pattern was inspired by the traditional brushwork painting of China and Japan. The alphabet is uppercase, which makes it perfect for use as a monogram. Stitch the monogram in the matching needlepoint frame.
Long Stitch Hearts Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Valentine decor piece for your home, or as a gift. The project works up quickly in long stitch, with a touch of Hungarian stitch around the borders. A matching medallion pattern is also included.
Tips for Enlarging the Needlepoint Patterns and...
The needlepoint patterns on this site are provided free of charge, but may need a little massaging in order for them to be easier to view and work with. Here you'll find tips for using the patterns.
Sail Away Needlepoint Charted Pattern
needlepoint canvas . The design can be worked in tent stitch , or a other needlepoint stitches . The
Half Cross Stitch - Working the Half Cross Stitch
The Half Cross Stitch is very familiar to any cross stitcher, but it is also used extensively in needlepoint. On the front side of the canvas, Half Cross Stitch looks nearly identical to the Continental Stitch, having one diagonal stitch worked over every intersection of canvas mesh.
Introduction to Needlepoint
Needlepoint, a form of counted-thread embroidery, is worked in a variety of stitches in wool, cotton or silk over a canvas or fabric mesh, one stitch at a time.
How do I select a Needle for Needlepoint?
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
Hydrangea Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
Outline Stitch - How to Work the Outline Stitch
Outline stitch is used to highlight or outline areas on a canvas, or can be used for stems and tendrils on flowers and plants.
Vintage, Historical and Antique Needlepoint...
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
Ice Cream on a Stick Pattern Series - February
This Ice Cream on a Stick is the second pattern in a series of 12, and represents the month of February. The theme for this month is Valentine's Day. Page 2.
Working the Woven Plait Stitch
The Woven Plait Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that can be worked as a filling or in rows, and resembles braided fibers. Page 2.
The Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
The Rhodes Stitch
Learn to work the versatile Rhodes Stitch and many of its variations including the Rhodes, Heart, Rhodes Diamond, Rhodes Octagonal, Rhodes Circle, Rhodes Sheaf, Rhodes Clover or Shamrock and the Rhodes Star. Page 3.
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
Criss Cross Hungarian Stitch
The Criss Cross Hungarian Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in rows of diagonal stitches, with each row facing the opposite direction. This needlepoint stitch is an excellent filling stitch. Page 2.
Sewing a Needlepoint Pillow - How to Sew a...
Many needlepoint projects can be stitched into beautiful accent pillows. In this section you'll find instructions on how to sew a needlepoint pillow with well-formed corners.
How to Make a Waste Knot
Knots are a no-no in needlepoint. A waste knot is a temporary knot that is used to start a length of needlepoint yarn. It is covered with stitches and clipped away after stitching.
Mosaic Stitch - How to Work the Mosaic Stitch
The Mosaic stitch and reversed Mosaic stitch are textured, decorative stitches worked in small blocks. They're perfect for background areas and borders, or for filling large pattern areas.
Working the T Stitch
The T-stitch is an open, airy needlepoint stitch. It is used as a filling in areas where you would like the canvas to show through.
Monogram Frame Pattern
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
August Daisies Needlepoint Chart
Stitch a batch of retro-looking, rainbow-colored daisies for Summer! The August Daisies pattern is stitched in 20 colors of tapestry wool and features a floating green border.
Needlepoint FAQs
Here's where you'll find a list of the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) from the needlepoint site and the forum. If you don't see your question addressed here, feel free to email me!
The Diagonal Mosaic Stitch
The Diagonal Mosaic Stitch is closely related to the standard Mosaic Stitch, but is worked in diagonal rows. It is mainly as a filling stitch.
Satin Stitch - How to Work the Satin Stitch
Satin Stitch is a decorative stitch that can be used anywhere on a needlepoint needlepoint canvas to make an element stand out, or to highlight desired areas in a project. It's also very easy to work.
Ponderosa Pines Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a grove of Ponderosa Pines. The project works up quickly in long stitch, with a touch of Hungarian stitch around the borders. A matching medallion pattern is also included. Page 2.
Needlepoint Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
Vintage Floral Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Blank Journal Page
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
Needlepoint Canvas
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
Ice Cream on a Stick Pattern Series - January
This Ice Cream on a Stick is the first pattern in a series of 12, and represents the month of January. Deep shades of blue are highlighted by twinkling snowflakes. As the first in the series, this project is the simplest. As the series progresses, new stitches and techniques will be introduced, making this series a terrific way to build your needlepoint skills. Page 3.
LOVE Valentine Postcard - Instructions for...
Stitch a needlepoint valentine featuring two-toned hearts, and a sweet sentiment couched in Memory Thread.
African Designs
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
Penelope Canvas
A needlepoint canvas that has a double mesh, with two vertical and horizontal threads woven together to form the canvas, instead of one. A single stitch is worked over both threads of the canvas, and can be worked over a single thread where greater detail is needed in a desired area.
French Braid Needlepoint Pattern and Instructions
The French Braid needlepoint pattern is perfect for cleaning out your scrap basket, as any number of colors can be used. Color combinations of your choosing are also possible.
The Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
Needlepoint Yarn and Wool
Stitches worked in yarn and wool on a canvas ground are used to create a needlepoint project. There are many different types of yarn, wool and decorative threads that can be used, but tapestry yarn is most common.
Needlepoint Blocking Board
A blocking board is a lightweight, pinable board with a fabric covering that has been printed with a grid of squares. The grid is used as a guide for squaring the canvas during the blocking process.
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
Encroaching or Interlocking Gobelin Stitch
The Encroaching Gobelin stitch, also known as the Interlocking Gobelin stitch, creates a smooth elongated stitch that is perfect for filling areas both large and small. Page 2.
Ice Cream on a Stick Pattern Series - September
The ninth pattern in the 12-pattern Ice Cream on A Stick series celebrates the colors of autumn apples and represents the month of September. Page 2.
Needlepoint Patterns for Spring Featuring...
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
Working the Diagonal Chevron Stitch
The Diagonal Chevron Stitch is a bold, textured needlepoint stitch with defined diagonal banding. The stitch is worked in diagonal rows going in 2 directions.
Apple-A-Day Pattern Set
Stitch a bushel of delicious red, green and golden apples for Autumn. This 2-piece pattern set includes a square motif suitable for framing or use on a pillow top, and a matching bookmark. Page 2.
Abstract Circles Thread-Blending Project
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
Can I use Embroidery Floss in Needlepoint?
I used embroidery floss in my needlepoint project and it frayed. Someone told me I shouldn't use embroidery floss - is this true?
Brick Stitch - How to Work the Brick Stitch
The brick stitch is a simple decorative stitch that adds a nice bit of texture to a needlepoint project.
Conversion Chart
These are charts printed by various manufacturers that list tapestry wool colors and their equivalents from other manufacturers. This is handy if you need to make a substitution in a project. If a project calls for “Brand X” but your local needlecraft supply only carries tapestry wool from “Brand Z”, use the .
Asian Maple Leaves Needlepoint Pattern and...
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
Diamond Ray Stitch - Working the Diamond Ray...
The Diamond Ray Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch. It is similar to standard Ray Stitch but is worked vertically.
Persian Yarn
Persian yarn is also referred to as Persian Wool and is the most popular type of yarn used in needlepoint. It consists of 3 plies of yarn twisted together, which can be easily separated or combined to reduce or increase the weight (thickness) of the thread. One ply of Persian yarn is equal in thickness and weight to crewel yarn.
How to Finish a Needlepoint Stand-up Figure
Learn how to make a stand-up needlepoint figure. Includes instructions for making a weighted base and twisted piping.
The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia
Guide Review of The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia, distributed by Sterling Publishing.
Needlepoint Surfboard Pattern Series
Here's where you'll find the complete list of the patterns in the free needlepoint surfboard pattern series.
Blue Danube Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch this waltz-inspired needlepoint design in 3 classic shades of blue against a pure, white background using continental stitch and basketweave stitch.
Magen David Kippah Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a needlepoint kippah for a special person. This project is 6-1/4 inch diameter worked on 18-count canvas in just 4 colors.
Working the Jacquard Stitch
The Jacquard Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch, worked in diagonal, stepped rows or varying widths. Rows are often worked in different colors.
Working the Knotted Gobelin Stitch
The Knotted Gobelin Stitch belongs to the Gobelin stitch family of longer needlepoint stitches. It can be used as a pretty filling stitch, or can be worked in borders and rows.
The Byzantine Stitch
The Byzantine Stitch is worked in diagonal rows and makes a very nice, textured filler for backgrounds and decorative elements in a needlepoint design. Page 2.
Rose Romance Long Stitch Needlepoint Pattern
The Rose Romance free needlepoint pattern was designed to introduce you to the Long Stitch, an easy needlepoint stitch that produces results quickly.
Working with Large Skeins & Hanks of Yarn
Working with large skeins and hanks of needlepoint yarns can be a tanglesome affair. Here you will find tips to tame the savage beast.
Needlepoint Catalogs and Supplies
Every stitcher needs a stash! Even if you don’t have a needlecrafts shop in your area, you can still get your hands on quality needlepoint supplies through mail order (snail mail) or online catalog sources.
Mono Canvas
A type of needlepoint canvas that has single vertical and horizontal threads, which are woven but not interlocked. This means that the stitches can move, making mono canvas the perfect choice for objects that will be subjected to uneven pressure and use, such as chair cushions and bench covers as this canvas has “give”. Projects in mono canvas should be worked in a stretcher frame, as this canvas has a tendency to distort.
Smyrna Cross
The Smyrna Cross is a highly textured stitch that can be used as a filler for large areas, or in backgrounds and border areas.
Summer Stitching
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
Tree Needlepoint Pattern - Instructions for...
I've added another needlepoint petite four pattern to the collection. Stitch and sew a Christmas Tree petite four, or the companion Halloween Pumpkin or Birthday Balloons versions. This miniature project is quick to stitch using the full-color chart. It can also be worked in counted cross stitch.
Bird of Paradise - Instructions for the Bird of...
A single Bird of Paradise Flower framed by a lattice window evokes a tropical paradise. Let your mind escape to a faraway island as you stitch - even if you're stitching in your winter woolies.
Leaf Stitch - How to Work the Leaf Stitch
The Leaf Stitch is a realistic-looking decorative stitch used to stitch leaves or leaf-like shapes on a canvas.
Grace's Pinks Needlepoint Pattern
Floral patterns were a favorite of needlepointers past. The Grace's Pinks needlepoint pattern features a swirling floral wreath inspired by classic needlepoint design, and is worked in continental stitch and basketweave stitch.
How to Make a Needlepoint Bag
Stitch a finished needlepoint canvas into a handy, lined pouch. You can use them as purses, totes, or create smaller pouches to hang on a doorknob, as ornaments, or unique gift bags.
Mexican Folk Art Animal
Stitch a stylized animal in bright colors for Cinco de Mayo. This pattern was inspired by Mexican folk embroidery on a vintage costume.
Winterscapes Needlepoint Pattern and Instructions
This versatile project features six individual elements that can be used separately as Christmas ornmanets, or together to make a pretty cushion front or wallhanging for the holidays.
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
Swedish Ornament Needlepoint Pattern and...
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
Bamboo Frame
Stitch a needlepoint frame for your favorite photo, or use it to frame a monogram. This free needlepoint pattern works up quickly and fits the Asian Alphabet pattern.
The Parisian Stitch
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch. Page 2.
Ice Cream Pattern - November
Gobble Gobble! A friendly turkey is the subject for November's Ice Cream on a Stick! Page 2.
Leaf Quartet in Textured Stitches
Stitch a pattern of leaves worked in groups of 4 in textured long stitch. Page 3.
The Corduroy Stitch
The Corduroy Stitch is worked in vertical rows of 2 different widths, which gives you a pronounced striped effect in your needlepoint project.
Ice Cream Sticks Needlepoint Pattern -...
Stitch a colorful batch of ice creams on a stick that look almost good enought to eat.
Taping the Edges of a Canvas
Learn how to prepare the edges of a needlepoint canvas using masking tape.
Coins in the Fountain Cyber Workshop
The Coins in the Fountain Pattern is an online needlepoint class and features seven different needlepoint stitches for you to learn.
Mesh
The term “mesh” refers to canvas sizes, or holes per inch. As an example, 14-mesh canvas has 14 holes – or openings in the canvas – per inch. Mesh size is often abbreviated using the pound (#) symbol, such as #14 for 14-mesh canvas.
Ice Cream on a Stitck Monthly Pattern Series
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
The Woven Stitch
The woven stitch is easy to work and resembles a woven textile. It's perfect as a filler, and can be used in border areas as well.
Chunky Spring Bird
Stitch a somewhat chunky spring bird in jewel tones. The pattern can be stitched in assorted needlepoint stitches in fifteen colors of needlepoint tapestry wool or novelty threads.
Meet Kaffee Fassett of the United Kingdom
Meet Kaffee Fassett of England. Needlepoint.
The Slanted Gobelin Stitch
How to work the slanted gobelin stitch.
Scotch Stitch - How to Work the Scotch Stitch
The Scotch Stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders. Page 2.
Garden Zinnias Pattern
Designer Elizabeth Lay shares her colorful Garden Zinnias needlepoint pattern
Autumn Acorn
The acorn is a symbol of patience and an old English proverb states that "Great oaks from little acorns
How to Work the Twill Stitch
The Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows. See also Double Twill Stitch.
Does Canvas Have a Right and Wrong Side?
A forum member recently asked if needlepoint canvas has a right and wrong side. The answer to this question is explained.
Kente Cloth Needlepoint
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design.
Needlepoint Shops - Northwest United States
Needlepoint Shops - Northwest United States
Fairytale Figures
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
Ice Cream Pattern - October
The Ice Cream is worked on 14-count canvas in 8 colors. The ice cream can be worked in continental stitch
The Straight Florentine Stitch
The Straight Florentine Stitch is a filling stitch worked in horizontal rows of straight stitches.
Custom Needlepoint Designers
Are you looking for a special needlepoint pattern to match your china, wallpaper, or to create a needlepoint pattern from a photo? This list will help you locate designers specializing in custom patterns.
Nativity Pattern Series
Start a new Holiday tradition by stitching individual Nativity figures! Each figure measures about 3x4 inches when worked on 18 count canvas. This is an open-ended series, which means an unlimited number of figures will be added over the next few weeks and months so you can keep stitching and adding to your collection.
The Upright Gobelin Stitch
The Upright Gobelin Stitch is a filling stitch worked in straight, upright rows. I can be used as a filling or in rows and borders.
Ice Cream on a Stick Pattern Series - April
This Ice Cream on a Stick is the fourth pattern in a series of 12, and represents the month of April. It's worked in fresh, spring colors. Page 2.
Autumn Projects
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
Alphabets and Monograms
Alphabets, monograms and matching frames to personalize your needlepoint projects.
Salamanca Needlepoint Pattern
The Salamanca Needlepoint design is an easy, yet very pretty project suitable for the beginning needlepoint stitcher. The design is worked from a full-folor chart in two basic stitches: continental stitch and straight stitch.
European-Inspired Patterns
Here you'll find a list of needlepoint patterns inspired by European countries.
The Alternating Basketweave Stitch
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors.
Checkered Mosaic Stitch
This needlepoint filling stitch goes by the name of either the Checkered Mosaic Stitch, or the Mosaic Checker Stitch, and is made from blocks of a single Mosaic Stitch alternating with blocks of four tent stitches.
French Ribbon Needlepoint Pattern
Work this repeating pattern in one of two Country French colorways.
Meet Needlepoint Designer Jane Nichols of...
Meet Needlepoint Designer Jane Nichols of Ocala, Florida.
Interlock Canvas
: A popular type of needlepoint canvas that has a single horizontal thread, and two finer vertical threads
Tapestry Wool
Tapestry wool consists of four plies of yarn twisted together, which cannot be separated. Because the plies cannot be separated, this type of yarn is normally worked on larger mesh canvas (#10 up to #14). Tapestry wool is softer than Persian yarn, so it is best to work with lengths of yarn no longer than 18-20 inches to prevent fraying and wearing down of the yard while stitching,
Easter Egg trio - set 1
The Easter Bunny will be delighted to see this cute little trio of egg ornaments when he drops in to deliver candy this season! These three eggs are the first set - additional egg patterns are also available.
Halloween Bats and Ghost Full Moon Set
Stitch a set of two needlepoint full moon patterns - one features a pair of flying bats and the other a spooky ghost. Page 3.
Needlepoint Finishing Instructions
Finish your needlepoint pieces by transforming them into pillows, stand-ups, bags or appliques!
The Tressed Stitch
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding. Page 2.
Meet Needlepoint Designer Orna Willis of...
Meet Needlepoint Designer Orna Willis of Philadelphia
The Hungarian Diamond Stitch
The Hungarian Diamond Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch that can be worked as a filling or in rows, and resembles rows of diamonds.
Judaic Needlepoint Patterns
Judaic-themed patterns includes needlepoint kippot, hanukkah patterns, and more.
Primavera Needlepoint Pattern
This pattern was inspired by Mexican folk embroidery. Worked in the colors of Spring - Primavera. It is comprised of a center square surrounded by a coordinating floral border, which can be used togther or separately - it's like having 2 patterns in one.
Americana Heart
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
What is Stumpwork?
What is Stumpwork? Needlepoint.
Reversed Mosaic Stitch
The Reversed Mosaic stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in small blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders, or for filling large pattern areas. Worked similarly to standard Mosaic stitch.
Figures - Pilgrim Boy and Girl
Stitch a cute pilgrim couple for Thanksgiving, dressed in their holiday best.

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