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Threading a Needle for Needlepoint is Easy...
Looking for a solution to needlepoint threading dilemmas? One of these 4 ways will help you learn to thread a tapestry needle with ease.
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.
3-Step Scrapbuster Diamond Bargello Needlepoint...
If you've ever pondered how to use up all those leftover thread and fiber scraps, this Bargello needlepoint belt project may be just what’s needed.
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.
Getting Started with the Bargello Needlepoint...
With a little planning and careful attention to detail, it’s quite simple to needlepoint a sassy or classy Bargello belt.
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. Page 2.
Celebrate Frog Jumping Day with This Free...
The easy jumping frog needlepoint project can also transform a child’s room into a lovely rainforest.
Download This Free Armed Forces Day Needlepoint...
The 3rd Saturday in May is Armed Forces Day. This needlepoint design honors men & women in the US Military.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 15 Needlepoint...
You’ll be astonished at how quick and easy these needlepoint projects are to stitch. Here’s a look back at the needlepoint projects for Week 15.
Dance like a Chicken with This Wacky Needlepoin...
If you like chickens, then you’ll enjoy stitching this free needlepoint chart for Dance Like a Chicken Day.
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.
Stitch a Needlepoint Project in 3 Easy Steps
Pull out that needlepoint project gathering dust in the closet and use these 3 easy steps to finish it.
Bargello Needlepoint Borders
Have fun experimenting with the Bargello Needlepoint Borders in this design gallery. Interpret them to create Bargello borders that reflect your needlepoint style.
Get This Free Bicycle Needlepoint Chart
Here's a creative needlepoint chart you can stitch for yourself or a biker you know for National Bike to Work Day.
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.
Stitch a Fancy Needlepoint Banner for Memorial...
Beads and needlepoint are great together. Use large shiny decorative buttons, sequins and fancy beads to work this Memorial Day needlepoint pattern.
Pineapple Needlepoint Pattern - Two Versions
Stitch this needlepoint pineapple two ways - using textured, decorative stitches, or tent stitch. Patterns are provided for both versions.
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.
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.
Needlepoint a Keepsake for International Nurses...
Day 132 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge invites you to needlepoint a keepsake for International Nurses Day.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
The Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 16 Needlepoint...
Week 16 of the Needlepoint Resolutions Challenge will brighten your day with a daisy, tropical fish, and elephant plus 4 wacky holiday charts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Money-Saving Tips for the Smart Needlepoint...
These 3 smart needlepoint shopping tips will save you time and money and increase your enjoyment of shopping for needlework.
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. Page 2.
Needlepoint Surfboard Pattern Series
Here's where you'll find the complete list of the patterns in the free needlepoint surfboard pattern series.
Memorial Day Headstones Needlepoint Pattern
This Memorial Day Headstones Needlepoint Pattern provides a needlework opportunity to honor fallen heroes and loved ones.
Stitch a Needlepoint Barbecue for Memorial Day...
Holidays are a great excuse to needlepoint, and Memorial Day is no exception. Backyard needlepoint barbecues and Memorial Day go hand-in-hand.
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket. Page 2.
Long Stitch - How to Work the Long Stitch
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
Stitch a Free Needlepoint Design Every Day for...
Ring in the New Year with 365 free needlepoint charts--one to stitch every day of the year. Collect a few or all 365 needlepoint patterns.
Interlocking Diamonds Bargello Needlepoint Border
A pair of large interlocking diamonds are the focus of this Bargello needlepoint Border Design. 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.
How to Work with Needlepoint Charts
Remember these guidelines to understand and be successful in using a chart to stitch needlepoint projects.
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. Page 2.
How do I select a Needle for Needlepoint?
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 14 Needlepoint...
Download your favorite needlepoint charts for Week 14 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge to add to your needlework collection.
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.
Surfboard Pattern Series - Sets 1 and 2
The Surfboard Pattern Series is an ongoing series of designs to stitch in needlepoint. Join in the fun and stitch a batch of different surfboards. Here you will find the free needlepoint patterns for surfboard sets 1 and 2.
Free Strawberry Needlepoint Design for Home...
If you love strawberries and enjoy stitching all kinds of needlepoint; then you’ll adore working this quick and easy strawberry needlepoint pattern.
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.
Blank Journal Page
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
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.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
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.
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.
Hexagons and Diamonds Bargello Needlepoint Border
This Bargello Needlepoint Border design has masculine appeal—especially if stitched with dark colored tapestry, crewel or Persian wool yarn. Page 3.
Hydrangea Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 13 Needlepoint...
Take a look back at the exciting needlepoint projects featured in Week 13 including 7 daily designs and a bonus wacky holiday needlepoint pattern.
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.
Arabic Tile Bargello Needlepoint Border
Arabic and Middle Eastern art are great inspirations for Bargello needlepoint border designs. Page 7.
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.
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.
Old Florentine Bargello Needlepoint Border Design
Color and the Old Florentine Bargello filler stitch combine to rivet the viewer’s attention to this needlepoint border design. Page 4.
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.
Wavy Bargello Needlepoint Border
A monochromatic color scheme and 4-1 pattern step make soothing waves in this Bargello Needlepoint Border Design. Page 6.
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. Page 2.
The Tressed Stitch
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding.
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.
Ice Cream on a Stitck Monthly Pattern Series
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
Alphabets and Monograms
Alphabets, monograms and matching frames to personalize your needlepoint projects.
Kente Cloth Needlepoint
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design. Page 2.
Diamond Bargello Needlepoint Border
Look closely to see four distinct diamond shapes within each motif of this Bargello border design.
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.
Stylized American Flag Needlepoint Chart for...
Memorial Day would not be complete without an American Flag needlepoint design. Download this free needlepoint chart to add to your collection.
The Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas. Page 2.
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.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design. Page 2.
There’s Nothing Wrong with Grandma’...
There’s nothing wrong with grandma’s needlepoint. The techniques she learned and used are the foundation for the needlepoint we stitch today.
Simple Bargello Needlepoint Border
It’s easy to create beautiful, yet simple needlepoint borders to frame your needlework projects. Page 5.
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.
Needlepoint Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint a Bumble Bee for Spring Home...
The cheery needlepoint design will accent bath items as well; and they make great appliques for hostess gifts as well and spring special occasions.
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.
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.
Vintage, Historical and Antique Needlepoint...
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
By sticking to a few basic guidelines, you can paint your own needlepoint canvases. This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch! Page 2.
Vintage Floral Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
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?
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 2.
Stitch a Free Needlepoint Chart for American...
Raise awareness about heart disease this month by stitching this needlepoint chart for 56 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions.
Free Autumn Leaf Patterns for Holiday Decorating
It’s autumn and the leaves are turning gold, red and brown. Use this free oak leaves chart to stitch needlepoint for fall home decorating.
The Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch. Page 2.
Stitch a Cartoon Zebra with This Free...
The adorable cartoon zebra needlepoint chart will be a welcome addition to your needlework collection.
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. Page 2.
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.
Needlepoint Canvas
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
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.
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.
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.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals. Page 2.
Needlepoint Patterns for Spring Featuring...
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
Needlepoint for Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day...
Day 38 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions features a free ice cream cone needlepoint pattern with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream!
Enjoy a Needlepoint Afternoon Tea with Mom
Needlepoint a stylized teapot and cup & saucer for Day 124 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge for mom to enjoy on Mother’s Day.
Make a Friend Day Free Needlepoint Chart
Day 42 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions salutes Make a Friend Day with this free needlepoint chart.
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. Page 3.
How to Use Couching Surface Embroidery in...
Learn how to use couching stitching techniques in needlepoint for stunning accents to needlepoint designs.
Blue Doodles Needlepoint Pattern
This fun, free needlepoint pattern lets you try a bunch of different needlepoint stitches and works up quickly. It's a bit like a needlepoint doodle.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
Learn How to Work the Leviathan Needlepoint...
Learn how to work the Leviathan Stitch for decorative accents to your needlepoint designs.
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.
The Framed Scotch Stitch
The Framed Scotch Stitch is a variation of the popular Scotch Stitch. It features Scotch Stitch blocks framed by tent stitch border. Page 2.
Stitch a Winter Snowman with This Free...
The winter snowman needlepoint chart for Day 31 of 365 Needlepoint Resolutions is a great project for beginners to learn how to needlepoint.
African Designs
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
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.
Needlepoint a Lovely Sweetheart Rose for Day 44
Needlepoint a sweetheart rose for Valentine’s Day with this free canvas embroidery adaptation of the real life flower.
Needlepoint an Adorable Hippo Family with This...
It’s hard to resist the charm of this adorable needlepoint mommy and baby hippo featured for Mother’s Day.
Go Fly a Needlepoint Kite with This Free Design...
Even if the weather is wintry and cold in your locale; you can still celebrate Kite Flying Day with this free colorful needlepoint pattern.
Free Needlepoint Chart for National Gumdrop Day
Use the free needlepoint chart to stitch a flavor assortment of gumdrops for National Gumdrop Day on February 15th.
Winter Driving Needlepoint Chart-Day 14
Day 14 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions illustrates just how hazardous it can be when driving in winter.
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 .
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.
How To Repair a Hole in Needlepoint Canvas
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas. Page 2.
Tall Ships Needlepoint Pattern
Ahoy there, fellow needlepointers! Aye, mate, here be a nautical-themed pattern with a handsome rope border. Stitch the Tall Ships needlepoint pattern fer yer favorite sailor!
Monogram Frame Pattern
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
Remember National Weatherman’s Day with...
National Weatherman’s Day is celebrated today; and the free needlepoint chart for Day 36 has been designed to encourage and support weather men and women throughout the land.
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.
The Milanese Stitch
The Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch. Page 2.
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.
Stitch a Pot of Tulips for Plant a Flower Day
Start planting a needlepoint garden with this free Tulips Needlepoint Chart for Day 71 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
Needlepoint Flowers to Stitch for Mother’...
Although Mother’s Day is just around the corner; there is still enough time to stitch a few needlepoint gifts for the special moms you know.
Stitch This Needlepoint Chart in Honor of Our...
Stitch a needlepoint design to honor those who have served or who are currently serving in our country’s military.
Tropical Patterns
Needlepoint patterns inspired by tropical themes, sand and surf.
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. Page 2.
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 3.
Americana Heart
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
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.
Day 33 Free Needlepoint Chart for Groundhog Day
Today is Groundhog Day in the USA. Day 33's Needlepoint Resolutions Design features a needlepoint groundhog looking for his shadow. Will winter linger for 6 more weeks?
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.
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
Easter Peep Needlepoint Chart
Day 75 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge features an adorable little Easter chick you can stitch in time for the spring holiday season.
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. Page 2.
Celebrate Old Stuff Day with This Free...
It’s Old Stuff Day, a chance to get those vintage needlepoint designs and patterns out of closets, attics, garages and trunks and start stitching.
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.
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 3.
The Triangle Stitch
The Triangle Stitch is a decorative stitch commonly used in Bargello. It is worked vertically across horizontal rows, forming striped rows of interlocking triangles. Page 2.
Square Motif Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors. 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.
Cut the Cake Wedding Cake Ornament
Stitch a pretty Wedding Cake ornament as a special wedding day keepsake.
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.
Needlepoint a Laptop for Clean Out Your...
The free needlepoint chart celebrates Clean Out Your Computer Day, held the second Monday in February each year.
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.
Single Leaf Needlepoint Pattern for Day 90
The simple needlepoint leaf can be worked in just two shades of green; or you can indulge in a shading and blending frenzy.

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