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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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and...
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and Petit Point?
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 Three Patriotic Balloons for 4th of...
The simple patriotic balloons needlepoint project makes it easy to stitch mounted in a frame or while comfortably holding the needlework in your hand.
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.
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.
Needlepoint Surfboard Pattern Series
Here's where you'll find the complete list of the patterns in the free needlepoint surfboard pattern series.
4th of July Stars Free Needlepoint Chart
This tiny needlepoint design would make an excellent 4th of July project with red and blue stars.
Enjoy a Needlepoint Éclair with This...
Use this free needlepoint chart to stitch a needlework dessert for National Chocolate Eclair Day.
Watch Sparks Fly with This Free Fireworks...
Download this quick and easy free fireworks needlepoint pattern for the 4th of July.
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.
Long Stitch - How to Work the Long Stitch
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
Work an USA Needlepoint Border for the 4th of...
The best way to use this 4th of July USA needlepoint design is to work it as part of a top or bottom needlepoint border for a much larger project.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
Download a Log Cabin Needlepoint Chart for Day...
Download your copy of this free needlepoint chart for Log Cabin Day and stitch a picture for your home.
How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
Learn to Needlepoint in 3 Easy Steps
Learn to needlepoint quick and easy by following these 3 steps; or for experienced stitchers, use them to complete unfinished needlepoint projects.
How do I select a Needle for Needlepoint?
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
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.
The Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches.
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.
Ice Cream on a Stick Pattern Series - July
Celebrate Independence Day with a striped motif. This Ice Cream on a Stick is the sixth pattern in a series of 12, and represents the month of July.
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.
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.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
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.
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.
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hydrangea Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
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.
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.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 20 Needlepoint...
Check out these highlights from Week 20 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions Challenge. Download all seven free needlepoint charts.
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.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Work with Needlepoint Charts
Remember these guidelines to understand and be successful in using a chart to stitch needlepoint projects.
Ice Cream on a Stick Pattern Series - May
April showers bring may flowers! This Ice Cream on a Stick is the fifth pattern in a series of 12, and represents the month of May.
The Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
The Moorish Stitch
The Moorish Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch worked in stepped, diagonal rows.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
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.
3 Steps to Download, Save and Print Free...
With these three simple steps, you can make a copy of any needlepoint chart or image that’s available on the web.
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.
The Double Woven Stitch
The Double Woven Stitch is worked similarly to the standard Woven Stitch and closely resembles a twill textile weave. It's perfect as a filler, and can be used in border areas as well.
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.
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.
Blank Journal Page
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
Needlepoint Patterns for Spring Featuring...
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
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.
Summer Stitching
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
The Slanted Gobelin Stitch
How to work the slanted gobelin stitch.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
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.
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.
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 Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long 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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Free Autumn Leaf Needlepoint Patterns
Download this free autumn oak leaves needlepoint pattern and make several items for fall home decorating.
Working a Complicated Design
Working a complicated, multi-color needlepoint pattern is easy by using this method.
The Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
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.
Get Ready for Memorial Day with ThisAmericana...
Use this Americana needlepoint border to decorate for Memorial Day. The needlepoint is ideal for accenting to an otherwise plain needlepoint project.
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
Monogram Frame Pattern
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
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.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
Cut the Cake Wedding Cake Ornament
Stitch a pretty Wedding Cake ornament as a special wedding day keepsake.
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.
Americana Heart
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
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.
Vintage, Historical and Antique Needlepoint...
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
4 Quick Holiday Plastic Canvas Needlepoint...
Looking for quick and easy holiday ornament needlepoint patterns for plastic canvas? Check out these 4 free patterns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ice Cream on a Stick Pattern Series - August
Set sail for a summer adventure and drop anchor someplace exciting! This Ice Cream on a Stick is the eighth in the series and represents the month of August.
Ice Cream Pattern - October
Watch out! The spider is stealing the "O" from the "BOO" ! This Halloween-themed Ice Cream on a Stick
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 Parisian Stitch
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch.
Creatures from the Land, Sea and Air
Here you'll find a list list of stitchable critters from the land, sea and air.
The Alternating Basketweave Stitch
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors.
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.
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.
Congress Cloth
Congress cloth is a fine-meshed, even weave canvas used primarily for Petit Point or miniature needlepoint.
Alphabets and Monograms
Alphabets, monograms and matching frames to personalize your needlepoint projects.
Juvenile Needlepoint Patterns - Patterns for Kids
Work a colorful needlepoint pattern for a special child.
Play the Father’s Day Needlepoint...
Can you guess the name of this popular Father’s Day game by looking at the free needlepoint chart?
Stitching In-the-Ditch - Sewing Needlepoint
Finishing your needlepoint project often involves machine or hand sewing. In this area you will learn how to stitch in the ditch for a professional-looking finish.
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?
Brighton Stitch
The Brighton Stitch is a decorative, textured stitch that is worked in two colors.
How To Repair a Hole in Needlepoint Canvas
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas.
The Diagonal Hexagonal Stitch
The Diagonal Hexagonal is a popular filling stitch worked in large blocks of stitches in graduating sizes.
Pineapple Needlepoint Pattern - Two Versions
Stitch this needlepoint pineapple two ways - using textured, decorative stitches, or tent stitch. Patterns are provided for both versions.
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.
4th of July Patterns
Celebrate the 4th of July or stitch Americana-themed needlepoint patterns for your home decor. This list featured free patterns worked in red, white and blue.
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.
Needlepoint Canvas
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
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.
Ice Cream on a Stitck Monthly Pattern Series
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
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.
Celebrate Go Fishing Day with This Free...
Even if you don’t like to fish, you can join in the celebrations today by stitching this fun needlepoint pattern for Go Fishing Day.
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.
Whimsical Birdhouse Needlepoint Pattern
Indulge in a little spring fever with this whimsical birdhouse needlepoint pattern for Day 77 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
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.
Abstract Circles Thread-Blending Project
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary 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.
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.
Free Needlepoint Patterns of Popular Quilt Blocks
One way to enjoy quilting without working with fabric is to stitch it in needlepoint with these free Quilt Block Needlepoint Charts.
Ice Cream Pattern - December
Stitch the final ice cream in the series. The December pattern features Christmas trees on a snowy background and a candy cane base.
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.
The Milanese Stitch
The Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch.
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.
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.
Reversed Scotch Stitch
Reverse Scotch stitch is worked similarly to the standard Scotch stitch. The only difference is that you reverse the direction of the stitches in every other block.
Needlepoint and Tapestry Needles
Tapestry needles have a blunt point and an large eye and are used to stitch a design on needlepoint canvas.
French Ribbon Needlepoint Pattern
Work this repeating pattern in one of two Country French colorways.
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.
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.
Square Motif Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors.
Needle Threader
These are small tools with a thing, flexible wire on one end used to help you thread your tapestry needle. It works by threading the end of the yarn into the wire, and then passing the wire through the eye of the needle. These are handy to have as it makes threading the needle a breeze (and has the added benefit of keeping yarn fluff off your tongue, which is common to the lick-and-stick method of needle threading).
Garden Zinnias Pattern
Designer Elizabeth Lay shares her colorful Garden Zinnias needlepoint pattern
Super Summer Scrap Buster
Gather your scraps of needlepoint thread and stitch this geometric, super summer scrap buster needlepoint pattern.
Stitch a Cardinal Needlepoint Design for...
Day 5 of 365 Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions features a cute Cardinal free needlepoint chart for National Bird Day.
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.
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.
Interlock Canvas
: A popular type of needlepoint canvas that has a single horizontal thread, and two finer vertical threads
Sail Away Needlepoint Charted Pattern
needlepoint canvas . The design can be worked in tent stitch , or a other needlepoint stitches . The

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