Needlepoint: Most Popular Articles
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 Petit Point?
The most commonly used needlepoint stitch is the Continental Stitch, and is often referred to as the “tent” stitch. This stitch is worked diagonally over one intersection of canvas mesh. Page 2.
Stitch this bright orange Rock Star Turkey in 8 shades of tapestry wool on 14-count canvas.
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. Page 3.
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.
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. Page 2.
Stitch this fun Glass of Chablis and its sister pattern, the Glass of Boreaux, to celebrate wine-making season.
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 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.
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
Here you'll find recommendations on where to find needlepoint supplies, canvas, and tools in Canada.
Outline stitch is used to highlight or outline areas on a canvas, or can be used for stems and tendrils on flowers and plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
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.
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket. Page 2.
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches. 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.
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas. Page 2.
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
Learn how to make a stand-up needlepoint figure. Includes instructions for making a weighted base and twisted piping.
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.
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
needlepoint canvas . The design can be worked in tent stitch , or a other needlepoint stitches . The
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette 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 .
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 Woven Plait Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that can be worked as a filling or in rows, and resembles braided fibers. Page 2.
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.
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
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.
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.
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design.
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.
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 Encroaching Gobelin stitch, also known as the Interlocking Gobelin stitch, creates a smooth elongated stitch that is perfect for filling areas both large and small. Page 2.
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
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.
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.
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
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.
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch. Page 2.
Many needlepoint projects can be stitched into beautiful accent pillows. In this section you'll find instructions on how to sew a needlepoint pillow with well-formed corners.
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
Pronounced "KOO-ching", this stitch is used to tack down a length of thread on the surface of the finished
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 7.
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
The Diagonal Hexagonal is a popular filling stitch worked in large blocks of stitches in graduating sizes. Page 2.
Stitch the Counted Count and his equally counted Countess! Page 2.
A needlepoint canvas that has a double mesh, with two vertical and horizontal threads woven together to form the canvas, instead of one. A single stitch is worked over both threads of the canvas, and can be worked over a single thread where greater detail is needed in a desired area.
The Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows. See also Double Twill Stitch.
The brick stitch is a simple decorative stitch that adds a nice bit of texture to a needlepoint project. Page 2.
The Coins in the Fountain Pattern is an online needlepoint class and features seven different needlepoint stitches for you to learn. Page 3.
The Scotch Stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders.
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch. Page 2.
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.
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 Diamond Ray Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch. It is similar to standard Ray Stitch but is worked vertically. Page 2.
I used embroidery floss in my needlepoint project and it frayed. Someone told me I shouldn't use embroidery floss - is this true?
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.
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.
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
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.
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.
Stitch a set of two needlepoint full moon patterns - one features a pair of flying bats and the other a spooky ghost. Page 2.
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
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 Jacquard Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch, worked in diagonal, stepped rows or varying widths. Rows are often worked in different colors.
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.
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.
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
James R. Krasznia of Dimensions, the needlepoint kit manufacturer, has written a nice article outlining a brief history of needlework for the Michaels stores online site.
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
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.
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
The Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch. Page 2.
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas.
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.
The Smyrna Cross is a highly textured stitch that can be used as a filler for large areas, or in backgrounds and border areas.
Start a new Holiday Tradition by stitching your own needlepoint Nativity Creche. This 3-part pattern is part of the Nativity Series and features a separate full-color needlepoint chart for Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Page 3.
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors. Page 2.
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
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.
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
The Hungarian Diamond Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch that can be worked as a filling or in rows, and resembles rows of diamonds.
The Corduroy Stitch is worked in vertical rows of 2 different widths, which gives you a pronounced striped effect in your needlepoint project. Page 2.
Stitch this waltz-inspired needlepoint design in 3 classic shades of blue against a pure, white background using continental stitch and basketweave stitch.
Gather your scraps of needlepoint thread and stitch this geometric, super summer scrap buster needlepoint pattern.
Stitch a needlepoint valentine featuring two-toned hearts, and a sweet sentiment couched in Memory Thread.
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.
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 Patterns Featuring Flowers
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.
These three eggs are the second set in the Easter Eggs series - additional egg patterns are also available. Page 3.
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 Double Parisian is an interesting filling stitch that is suitable for the beginner. Page 2.
Working with large skeins and hanks of needlepoint yarns can be a tanglesome affair. Here you will find tips to tame the savage beast. Page 6.
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.
The Three Kings, also known as the Three Wise Men or Three Magi, are believed to have been the first to visit the baby Jesus after his birth. The kings - Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior arrived bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This 3-part pattern is part of the Nativity Series and features a full-color needlepoint chart for each king.
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.
Cross Stitch is very familiar to any cross stitcher, but it is also used in needlepoint as a decorative, textured stitch. Page 2.
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 Framed Scotch Stitch is a variation of the popular Scotch Stitch. It features Scotch Stitch blocks framed by tent stitch border. Page 2.
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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.
Congress cloth is a fine-meshed, even weave canvas used primarily for Petit Point or miniature needlepoint.
The Ice Cream is worked on 14-count canvas in 8 colors. The ice cream can be worked in continental stitch
Random Long Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch worked in varying lengths.
The Knotted Gobelin Stitch belongs to the Gobelin stitch family of longer needlepoint stitches. It can be used as a pretty filling stitch, or can be worked in borders and rows.
The Double Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows of different lengths.
The Straight Florentine Stitch is a filling stitch worked in horizontal rows of straight stitches.
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.
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 Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors. Page 2.
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 Rose Romance free needlepoint pattern was designed to introduce you to the Long Stitch, an easy needlepoint stitch that produces results quickly. Page 2.
The Leaf Stitch is a realistic-looking decorative stitch used to stitch leaves or leaf-like shapes on a canvas.
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.
Clean out your scrap basket and use up all those odds and ends that are too good to throw away by stitching these scrap-busting patterns.
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 4.
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!
Stitch a cute pilgrim couple for Thanksgiving, dressed in their holiday best. 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,
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
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.
Needlepoint Now is a magazine dedicated to the art of needlepoint.
Meet Kaffee Fassett of England. Needlepoint.
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.
Plastic canvas is a firm mesh used for needlepoint
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.
Judaic-themed patterns includes needlepoint kippot, hanukkah patterns, and more.
Guide Review of The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia, distributed by Sterling Publishing.
Tapestry needles have a blunt point and an large eye and are used to stitch a design on needlepoint canvas.
Here's where you'll find the complete list of the patterns in the free needlepoint surfboard pattern series.
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 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.
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 2.
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.
Stitch a colorful batch of ice creams on a stick that look almost good enought to eat.
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Work the entire framed acorn pattern, or just the acorn (which can be finished as an ornament) in continental