Needlepoint: Most Popular Articles
The Royal School of Needlework is the international center for embroidery teaching based at Hampton Court Palace in south-west London. Their mission is to teach, practice and promote the art of hand embroidery to the highest standards, within both historical and contemporary design contexts.
Here you will find a list of the available Needlepoint Stitches, along with their Stitch Journal pages for you to print and enjoy.
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design.
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
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 .
The Coins in the Fountain Pattern is an online needlepoint class and features seven different needlepoint stitches for you to learn. Page 3.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and Petit Point?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here you'll find recommendations on where to find needlepoint supplies, canvas, and tools in Canada.
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.
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch. Page 2.
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches. Page 2.
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 is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design. Page 2.
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.
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals. Page 2.
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
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.
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.
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
Outline stitch is used to highlight or outline areas on a canvas, or can be used for stems and tendrils on flowers and plants.
needlepoint canvas . The design can be worked in tent stitch , or a other needlepoint stitches . The
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
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 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.
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.
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Piping adds a nice finish to any project. It's easy to stitch to a needlepoint project by following these basic guidelnes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas. Page 2.
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
The Scotch Stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders.
The Jacquard Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch, worked in diagonal, stepped rows or varying widths. Rows are often worked in different colors. Page 2.
The Diamond Ray Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch. It is similar to standard Ray Stitch but is worked vertically.
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.
Stitch a set of two needlepoint full moon patterns - one features a pair of flying bats and the other a spooky ghost. Page 2.
The Ice Cream is worked on 14-count canvas in 8 colors. The ice cream can be worked in continental stitch
Here's where you'll find the complete list of the patterns in the free needlepoint surfboard pattern series.
The Smyrna Cross is a highly textured stitch that can be used as a filler for large areas, or in backgrounds and border areas. Page 2.
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.
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
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.
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.
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
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 Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to make a stand-up needlepoint figure. Includes instructions for making a weighted base and twisted piping. Page 3.
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 quick and easy leaf stitch napkin ring.
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
Needlepoint patterns inspired by the arts and crafts of Central and South America.
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 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.
Pronounced "KOO-ching", this stitch is used to tack down a length of thread on the surface of the finished
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
Work this Chubby Bunny needlepoint pattern in basic needlepoint stitches. The colors of the Easter bunny can be easily changed and personalized. Work a single Easter Bunny, multiple bunnies, or stitch a single bunny on the corner of a napkin using removable waste canvas. Page 2.
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding. Page 2.
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.
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
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.
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.
Plastic canvas is a firm mesh used for needlepoint
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
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.
Cross Stitch is very familiar to any cross stitcher, but it is also used in needlepoint as a decorative, textured stitch. Page 2.
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors. Page 2.
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 Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch. Page 2.
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
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.
The Corduroy Stitch is worked in vertical rows of 2 different widths, which gives you a pronounced striped effect in your needlepoint project.
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.
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 Slanted Gobelin stitch is similar to the Upright Gobelin, but is worked at a slight angle. Page 2.
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.
Meet Needlepoint Designer Felicity Hall of the United Kingdom
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.
These patterns - the first featuring a stylized monkey framed by a striped border, and the second a winged bird framed by in chevron border, were inpired by Pre-Columbian art from Guatemala. Page 2.
The Diagonal Hexagonal is a popular filling stitch worked in large blocks of stitches in graduating sizes.
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
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.
The Straight Florentine Stitch is a filling stitch worked in horizontal rows of straight stitches.
The brick stitch is a simple decorative stitch that adds a nice bit of texture to a needlepoint project. Page 2.
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas. Page 2.
Meet Kaffee Fassett of England. Needlepoint.
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.
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.
A finished needlepoint canvas is often warped or stretched after completion. Blocking helps return a warped canvas back to its original shape and size.
The Brighton Stitch is a decorative, textured stitch that is worked in two colors. Page 2.
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 Rice Stitch is worked by stitching a large cross stitch, with each point crossed by a smaller stitch, forming what resembles grains of rice.
Stitch a colorful batch of ice creams on a stick that look almost good enought to eat.
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.
Stitch a Jack o' Lantern with two sides, or make a faceless pumpkin with this versatile pattern. Page 4.
Frames used in needlepoint are referred to as scroll frames and stretcher frames. They are used to keep the needlepoint canvas taut, freeing both of your hands to stitch, and reduces canvas warping and stretching which makes blocking your finished canvas easier. The tighter the canvas is stretched in the frame, the easier the needle passes through the holes in the canvas. Embroidery hoops can be substituted for smaller projects.
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
The Double Parisian is an interesting filling stitch that is suitable for the beginner. Page 2.
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.
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. Page 2.
Finish your needlepoint pieces by transforming them into pillows, stand-ups, bags or appliques!
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.
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.
Working with large skeins and hanks of needlepoint yarns can be a tanglesome affair. Here you will find tips to tame the savage beast.
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two 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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
The Crossed Gobelin Stitch is a highly-textured filling stitch, comprised of a straight vertical stitch topped by a crossed stitch.
Here you'll find a list list of stitchable critters from the land, sea and air.
Stitch a needlepoint valentine featuring two-toned hearts, and a sweet sentiment couched in Memory Thread.
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 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 set 2. Page 3.
The Triangle Stitch is a decorative stitch commonly used in Bargello. It is worked vertically across horizontal rows, forming striped rows of interlocking triangles.
Alphabets, monograms and matching frames to personalize your needlepoint projects.
Let your stitching take you away to the islands by stitching a group of lush, tropical flowers framed by a pretty border. Worked in 15 shades of tapestry wool on 10 holes-per-inch canvas. Page 2.
This needlepoint pattern for movie theatre popcorn is given in 4 sections, but is easy to follow. The project is perfect for a home theatre room, movie buff, or popcorn lover.
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 2.
The Double Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows of different lengths.
Stitch a pattern of leaves worked in groups of 4 in textured long stitch.
Random Long Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch worked in varying lengths.
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
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.
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
Stitch a cute pilgrim couple for Thanksgiving, dressed in their holiday best.