Needlepoint: Most Popular Articles
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.
Piping adds a nice finish to any project. It's easy to stitch to a needlepoint project by following these basic guidelnes.
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.
Here you will find a list of the available Needlepoint Stitches, along with their Stitch Journal pages for you to print and enjoy.
Stitch a Dreidel Petite Four for the Holidays.
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 Petit Point?
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.
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.
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
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.
Here you'll find recommendations on where to find needlepoint supplies, canvas, and tools in Canada.
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.
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 is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches. Page 2.
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.
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.
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
Outline stitch is used to highlight or outline areas on a canvas, or can be used for stems and tendrils on flowers and plants.
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
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.
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 is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
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 and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
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.
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 is closely related to the standard Mosaic Stitch, but is worked in diagonal rows. It is mainly as a filling 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.
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 Patterns worked in Long Stitch
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
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.
Stitch a needlepoint valentine featuring two-toned hearts, and a sweet sentiment couched in Memory Thread.
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
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.
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 is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
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.
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 is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
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.
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 Featuring Flowers
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.
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.
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
I used embroidery floss in my needlepoint project and it frayed. Someone told me I shouldn't use embroidery floss - is this true?
The brick stitch is a simple decorative stitch that adds a nice bit of texture to a needlepoint project.
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 .
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
The Diamond Ray Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch. It is similar to standard Ray Stitch but is worked vertically.
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.
Learn how to make a stand-up needlepoint figure. Includes instructions for making a weighted base and twisted piping.
Guide Review of The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia, distributed by Sterling Publishing.
Here's where you'll find the complete list of the patterns in the free needlepoint surfboard pattern series.
Stitch this waltz-inspired needlepoint design in 3 classic shades of blue against a pure, white background using continental stitch and basketweave stitch.
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.
The Jacquard Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch, worked in diagonal, stepped rows or varying widths. Rows are often worked in different colors.
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 is worked in diagonal rows and makes a very nice, textured filler for backgrounds and decorative elements in a needlepoint design. Page 2.
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 and hanks of needlepoint yarns can be a tanglesome affair. Here you will find tips to tame the savage beast.
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.
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.
The Smyrna Cross is a highly textured stitch that can be used as a filler for large areas, or in backgrounds and border areas.
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
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.
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.
The Leaf Stitch is a realistic-looking decorative stitch used to stitch leaves or leaf-like shapes on a canvas.
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.
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.
Stitch a stylized animal in bright colors for Cinco de Mayo. This pattern was inspired by Mexican folk embroidery on a vintage costume.
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 is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
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 is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch. Page 2.
Gobble Gobble! A friendly turkey is the subject for November's Ice Cream on a Stick! Page 2.
Stitch a pattern of leaves worked in groups of 4 in textured long stitch. Page 3.
The Corduroy Stitch is worked in vertical rows of 2 different widths, which gives you a pronounced striped effect in your needlepoint project.
Stitch a colorful batch of ice creams on a stick that look almost good enought to eat.
Learn how to prepare the edges of a needlepoint canvas using masking tape.
The Coins in the Fountain Pattern is an online needlepoint class and features seven different needlepoint stitches for you to learn.
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.
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
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.
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 England. Needlepoint.
How to work the slanted gobelin stitch.
The Scotch Stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders. Page 2.
Designer Elizabeth Lay shares her colorful Garden Zinnias needlepoint pattern
The acorn is a symbol of patience and an old English proverb states that "Great oaks from little acorns
The Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows. See also Double Twill Stitch.
A forum member recently asked if needlepoint canvas has a right and wrong side. The answer to this question is explained.
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design.
Needlepoint Shops - Northwest United States
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
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 is a filling stitch worked in horizontal rows of straight stitches.
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.
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 is a filling stitch worked in straight, upright rows. I can be used as a filling or in rows and borders.
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 featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
Alphabets, monograms and matching frames to personalize your needlepoint projects.
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.
Here you'll find a list of needlepoint patterns inspired by European countries.
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors.
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.
Work this repeating pattern in one of two Country French colorways.
Meet Needlepoint Designer Jane Nichols of Ocala, Florida.
: A popular type of needlepoint canvas that has a single horizontal thread, and two finer vertical threads
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,
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.
Stitch a set of two needlepoint full moon patterns - one features a pair of flying bats and the other a spooky ghost. Page 3.
Finish your needlepoint pieces by transforming them into pillows, stand-ups, bags or appliques!
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding. Page 2.
Meet Needlepoint Designer Orna Willis of Philadelphia
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-themed patterns includes needlepoint kippot, hanukkah patterns, and more.
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.
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
What is Stumpwork? Needlepoint.
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.
Stitch a cute pilgrim couple for Thanksgiving, dressed in their holiday best.