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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.
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.
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.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
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. Page 2.
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long Stitch - How to Work the Long Stitch
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
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.
Rock Star Turkey
Stitch this bright orange Rock Star Turkey in 8 shades of tapestry wool on 14-count canvas.
The Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches. Page 2.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
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.
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.
How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
How do I select a Needle for Needlepoint?
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
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.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals. Page 2.
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.
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.
Hydrangea Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart. Page 4.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
Sail Away Needlepoint Charted Pattern
needlepoint canvas . The design can be worked in tent stitch , or a other needlepoint stitches . The
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket. Page 2.
The Checkered Scotch Stitch
The Scotch Checkerboard or Checkered Scotch Stitch make a bold background or filling stitch and gets its name from the checkerboard pattern created when it is worked on a canvas. Page 2.
The Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas. Page 2.
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.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
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.
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.
Monogram Frame Pattern
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
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?
Needlepoint Canvas
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
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.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
The Moorish Stitch
The Moorish Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch worked in stepped, diagonal rows. Page 2.
How to Couch or Tack Thread
Pronounced "KOO-ching", this stitch is used to tack down a length of thread on the surface of the finished
The Parisian Stitch
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
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.
Vintage Floral Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Memory Thread
Memory Thread is a soft, flexible thread that keeps its shape when bent or curved. It is couched to the surface of the design to add extra dimension to a project.
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. Page 2.
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.
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. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
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.
African Designs
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
The Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
Random Long Stitch - How to Work the Random...
Random Long Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch worked in varying lengths. Page 2.
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 .
Autumn Projects
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
Summer Stitching
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
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.
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 2.
Halloween
Halloween needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and more.
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.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch. Page 2.
Vintage, Historical and Antique Needlepoint...
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
Asian Maple Leaves Needlepoint Pattern and...
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
Figures - Count and Countess
Stitch the Counted Count and his equally counted Countess!
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.
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.
The Pineapple Stitch
The Pineapple stitch is named for its resemblance to the skin of a pineapple. This stitch is a highly textured filling stitch, and is worked in three sections.
Candy Hearts Needlepoint Pattern
This Candy Hearts pillow front is worked in traditional candy colors on a white ground. It's a perfect beginner project.
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
Bluebirds of Happiness
Inspired by a poem written by George J. Carroll, these two pretty bluebirds on their flower perches will surely bring happiness to any room. Page 2.
The Milanese Stitch
The Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch. Page 2.
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.
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. Page 2.
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,
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.
Super Summer Scrap Buster
Gather your scraps of needlepoint thread and stitch this geometric, super summer scrap buster needlepoint pattern.
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 Finishing Instructions
Finish your needlepoint pieces by transforming them into pillows, stand-ups, bags or appliques!
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.
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. Page 3.
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.
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. Page 4.
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.
The Rice Stitch
The Rice Stitch is worked by stitching a large cross stitch, with each point crossed by a smaller stitch, forming what resembles grains of rice.
European-Inspired Patterns
Here you'll find a list of needlepoint patterns inspired by European countries.
Glass of Chablis Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch this fun Glass of Chablis and its sister pattern, the Glass of Boreaux, to celebrate wine-making season.
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.
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.
Embroiderers' Association of Canada (EAC)
The Embroiderers' Guild of Canada is a national non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to have a fellowship of persons who enjoy needlework and wish to learn and share their knowledge; and maintain higher standards of design, colour and workmanship. Their aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the Art of Embroidery through education and networking.
The Double Parisian Stitch
The Double Parisian is an interesting filling stitch that is suitable for the beginner.
Abstract Circles Thread-Blending Project
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
The Oblong Cross Stitch
The Oblong Cross Stitch is worked identically to the standard Cross Stitch, with the exception of being slightly elongated. It is highly textured, and looks nice in borders or as a filling stitch. It can also be used to frame a squared area. Page 2.
Brighton Stitch
The Brighton Stitch is a decorative, textured stitch that is worked in two colors. Page 2.
Snowman with Heart Needlepoint Pattern
This quick-to-stitch pattern features an adorable snowman offering heartfelt gift, while dressed in his winter best. It’s worked in 9 colors of Tapestry Wool in Continental Stitch on 14-count canvas.
What is Bargello?
Bargello, also known as Byzantine Work, is a form of needlepoint, primarily worked in upright long stitch or satin stitch, following a charted design. It is traditionally worked on mono canvas over multiple squares of canvas, forming a repeating, geometric pattern.
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. Page 2.
Autumn Acorn
The acorn is a symbol of patience and an old English proverb states that "Great oaks from little acorns
Cross Stitch - Working the Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch is very familiar to any cross stitcher, but it is also used in needlepoint as a decorative, textured stitch. Page 2.
Americana Heart
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
Fairytale Figures
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
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.
How To Repair a Hole in Needlepoint Canvas
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas.
Alphabets and Monograms
Alphabets, monograms and matching frames to personalize your needlepoint projects.
Needlepoint Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns for Spring Featuring...
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
Working a Complicated Design
Working a complicated, multi-color needlepoint pattern is easy by using this method.
The Alternating Basketweave Stitch
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors. Page 2.
The Straight Florentine Stitch
The Straight Florentine Stitch is a filling stitch worked in horizontal rows of straight stitches.
Taping the Edges of a Canvas
Learn how to prepare the edges of a needlepoint canvas using masking tape.
Using a Needle Threader
Ditch the lick 'em and stick 'em approach to threading your tapestry needles. Needle threaders come in various shapes and sizes, and make threading any needle quick and easy.
Swedish Ornament Needlepoint Pattern and...
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
Leaf Quartet in Textured Stitches
Stitch a pattern of leaves worked in groups of 4 in textured long stitch.
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.
Figures - Stanley Soldier and Betty Bouffant...
Stitch a Toy Soldier needlepoint pattern, along with his Ballerina companion. This project works up quickly and each figure can be completed in 7 hours or less. Because it is small, it's a perfect project for stitchers on the go. Page 3.
The Diagonal Hexagonal Stitch
The Diagonal Hexagonal is a popular filling stitch worked in large blocks of stitches in graduating sizes. Page 2.
Kente Cloth Needlepoint
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design.
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.
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. Page 3.
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.
Square Motif Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors. Page 2.
The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia
Guide Review of The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia, distributed by Sterling Publishing.
Fall Leaves Needlepoint Scrap Pattern
Here's a perfect scrap-basket pattern! Stitch a blanket of leaves on a dark ground using assorted colors in a variety of needlepoint stitches.
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.
Breezes through the Treezes
Fall is in the air and the leaves are starting to blow! Stitch the Breezes through the Treezes pattern in continental stitch on 12-count canvas in your favorite falll colors.
Candy Corn Needlepoint Pattern - Instructions...
Brightly colored candy corn on a wavy black background makes for a stunning decor piece that's very grown-up.
The Slanted Gobelin Stitch
The Slanted Gobelin stitch is similar to the Upright Gobelin, but is worked at a slight angle. Page 2.
Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA)
The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., (EGA) is a national non-profit educational organization offering study and preservation of the heritage and art of embroidery, including needlepoint, cross stitch, drawn thread, crewel and surface embroidery.
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.
Thanksgiving Patterns
Projects for Thanksgiving and other November, Fall/Autumn Holidays.
Meet Kaffee Fassett of the United Kingdom
Meet Kaffee Fassett of England. 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.
Pear Trio Needlepoint Pattern and Instructions
Three perfectly ripened pears await your needle, wool and canvas. Stitch using traditional tent stitches, or be daring and use an assortment of pretty – yet easy – decorative and textured stitches.
Needlepoint and Tapestry Needles
Tapestry needles have a blunt point and an large eye and are used to stitch a design on needlepoint canvas.
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.
Ice Cream on a Stitck Monthly Pattern Series
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
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.

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