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Needlepoint This Sassy Seashell Pattern for Day...
This free seashell needlepoint pattern offers a chance to use up small quantities of colored threads you have on hand in your stash.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
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.
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.
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 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.
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and...
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and Petit Point?
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.
Seahorse Needlepoint Resolutions Design for Day...
Check out this free seahorse design. Make one for every special child you know; or just for plain fun as a memento of summer visits to the seashore.
Stitch a Jellyfish Needlepoint Design with This...
The entire jellyfish needlepoint project can be completed with little or no expense with materials and supplies you already have on hand.
Apple-A-Day Pattern Set
Stitch a bushel of delicious red, green and golden apples for Autumn. This 2-piece pattern set includes a square motif suitable for framing or use on a pillow top, and a matching bookmark.
The Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 26 Needlepoint...
If you’re looking for beginner needlepoint charts that are perfect for summer stitching, you will absolutely love working Week 26's free patterns.
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.
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.
How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Needlepoint Pattern for National...
You’re really going to enjoy how simple it is to stitch this needlepoint pattern for National Cheesecake Day.
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.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
Stitch a Starfish Needlepoint Tray Insert
You can still have time to stitch adorable starfish needlepoint pattern for Day 208 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
The Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
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.
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.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
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.
How do I select a Needle for Needlepoint?
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Back to School Alphabet Needlepoint Chart...
Stitch a back to school crayon box cover for your preschooler with this free alphabet needlepoint project.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hydrangea Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
Download This Free Sunbather Needlepoint Pattern
Download a copy of this free sunbather needlepoint chart and finish the entire project in two hours or less!
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.
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.
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
4 Free Autumn Leaf Needlepoint Patterns
Download this free autumn oak leaves needlepoint pattern and make several items for fall home decorating.
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.
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.
Needlepoint Patterns for Spring Featuring...
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
Stitch a Sand Dollar Seashell with This Summer...
Use this free needlepoint pattern to stitch a sand dollar seashell to add to your beach themed summer decorating scheme.
Needlepoint a Traditional Schoolhouse with This...
Day 213 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge kicks off the new school year with a free schoolhouse needlepoint pattern.
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.
Blank Journal Page
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
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.
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.
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.
Brighton Stitch
The Brighton Stitch is a decorative, textured stitch that is worked in two colors.
How to Work with Needlepoint Charts
Remember these guidelines to understand and be successful in using a chart to stitch needlepoint projects.
Vintage, Historical and Antique Needlepoint...
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
Monogram Frame Pattern
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
The Parisian Stitch
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch.
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.
Needlepoint a Clam Seashell for Summer Decorating
The quick and easy clam seashell needlepoint pattern is ideal for working and completing on-the-go as you travel to your favorite vacation spot.
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.
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 Alternating Basketweave Stitch
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors.
The Corduroy Stitch
The Corduroy Stitch is worked in vertical rows of 2 different widths, which gives you a pronounced striped effect in your needlepoint project.
Needlepoint Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
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.
Creatures from the Land, Sea and Air
Here you'll find a list list of stitchable critters from the land, sea and air.
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
The Diagonal Hexagonal Stitch
The Diagonal Hexagonal is a popular filling stitch worked in large blocks of stitches in graduating sizes.
The Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
Working a Complicated Design
Working a complicated, multi-color needlepoint pattern is easy by using this method.
Enjoy a Day at the Beach Stitching This...
The free beach toys needlepoint chart is simple and easy enough for a child to learn how to needlepoint.
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.
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.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
Persian Yarn
Persian yarn is also referred to as Persian Wool and is the most popular type of yarn used in needlepoint. It consists of 3 plies of yarn twisted together, which can be easily separated or combined to reduce or increase the weight (thickness) of the thread. One ply of Persian yarn is equal in thickness and weight to crewel yarn.
Get in the July Holiday Spirit with This Free...
To celebrate July, use this free needlepoint chart to make home décor and summer needlework items that can be enjoyed long after July is over!
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.
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.
4 Quick Holiday Plastic Canvas Needlepoint...
Looking for quick and easy holiday ornament needlepoint patterns for plastic canvas? Check out these 4 free patterns.
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!
Diamond Ray Stitch - Working the Diamond Ray...
The Diamond Ray Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch. It is similar to standard Ray Stitch but is worked vertically.
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.
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.
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.
The Tressed Stitch
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding.
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?
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.
Needlepoint a Summer Beach Scene with This Free...
There’s a lot going on in this summer beach scene needlepoint chart; so you should download and save it first and then get familiar with the colors.
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.
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.
Get Ready for Some Lazy Summertime Fun with...
All it takes is one basic needlepoint stitch to work this lazy summertime needlework design for Day 192 of the 365 Needlepoint Resolutions Challenge.
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.
The Slanted Gobelin Stitch
How to work the slanted gobelin stitch.
4 Needlepoint Popsicles to Stitch for Summer
This colorful free needlepoint chart will tease your taste buds as you work the super easy summer popsicle design.
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.
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.
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.
DIY Bargello Needlepoint Belt Step 2: Design...
For the perfect year-round fashion accessory, try working a needlepoint belt in alternating warm colors with this diamond Bargello needlepoint design.
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.
Ice Cream on a Stitck Monthly Pattern Series
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
Free Needlepoint Pattern for Cow Appreciation Day
Designed to appeal to children of all ages, the cute cow needlepoint pattern will keep you smiling the entire time you are stitching it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Autumn Projects
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
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.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
The Double Parisian Stitch
The Double Parisian is an interesting filling stitch that is suitable for the beginner.
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.
How To Repair a Hole in Needlepoint Canvas
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas.
Primavera Needlepoint Pattern
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Straight Florentine Stitch
The Straight Florentine Stitch is a filling stitch worked in horizontal rows of straight stitches.
Vintage Floral Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Summer Stitching
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
Celebrate Hammock Day with this Free Needlepoin...
Why not encourage a child or friend to learn to needlepoint with this small Hammock Day needlepoint project that’s ideal as a practice piece.
Stitch These Needlepoint Projects for Your...
Every stitcher has a bit of geek inside when it comes to working a needlepoint project. Check out these 4 patterns to bring out the geek in you.
Needlepoint Easter Basket
Make a batch of Needlepoint Easter Baskets for the Holidays. This needlepoint pattern uses wicker stitch and other basic needlepoint stitches.
Arabic Tile Bargello Needlepoint Border
Arabic and Middle Eastern art are great inspirations for Bargello needlepoint border designs. Page 7.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 27 Needlepoint...
These 7 free Needlepoint Resolutions Challenge Designs for Week 27 can be stitched quickly usually in an evening or two at most.
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.
The Hungarian Diamond 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.
Interlocking Diamonds Bargello Needlepoint Border
A pair of large interlocking diamonds are the focus of this Bargello needlepoint Border Design. Page 2.
Let’s Go to the Beach with This Free...
Download the free beach sign needlepoint pattern and make several color copies—just in case you lose one in the sand.
Congress Cloth
Congress cloth is a fine-meshed, even weave canvas used primarily for Petit Point or miniature needlepoint.
The Milanese Stitch
The Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch.
Halloween
Halloween needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and more.
LOVE Valentine Postcard - Instructions for...
Stitch a needlepoint valentine featuring two-toned hearts, and a sweet sentiment couched in Memory Thread.
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).
The Moorish Stitch
The Moorish Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch worked in stepped, diagonal rows.
Fairytale Figures
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
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.
The Upright Gobelin Stitch
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.

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