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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.
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.
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.
Continental Stitch - How to Work the Continenta...
The most commonly used needlepoint stitch is the Continental Stitch, and is often referred to as the “tent” stitch. This stitch is worked diagonally over one intersection of canvas mesh. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
Free Needlepoint Chart for National Gumdrop Day
Use the free needlepoint chart to stitch a flavor assortment of gumdrops for National Gumdrop Day on February 15th.
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.
Chubby Bunny Easter Pattern
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.
Stitch a Mardi Gras Mask with This Free...
Needlepoint a wispy mask for Mardi Gras with Day 48 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch. Page 2.
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.
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.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 5 Needlepoint...
From puzzles to snowmen to Super Bowl designs, Week 5's easy-to-follow free needlepoint charts are well worth downloading and stitching.
Stitch a Patriotic Needlepoint Hat for...
Day 47 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge is a stashbuster needlepoint project for President’s Day.
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.
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.
The Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches. Page 2.
How to Work with Needlepoint Charts
Remember these guidelines to understand and be successful in using a chart to stitch needlepoint projects.
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.
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.
Working the T Stitch
The T-stitch is an open, airy needlepoint stitch. It is used as a filling in areas where you would like the canvas to show through. Page 2.
Easter Egg trio - set 1
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. Page 4.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design. Page 2.
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.
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.
Long Stitch - How to Work the Long Stitch
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
Criss Cross Hungarian Stitch
The Criss Cross Hungarian Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in rows of diagonal stitches, with each row facing the opposite direction. This needlepoint stitch is an excellent filling stitch. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
Mosaic Stitch - How to Work the Mosaic Stitch
The Mosaic stitch and reversed Mosaic stitch are textured, decorative stitches worked in small blocks. They're perfect for background areas and borders, or for filling large pattern areas. Page 2.
Easter Egg trio - Set 2
These three eggs are the second set in the Easter Eggs series - additional egg patterns are also available. Page 2.
Working a Complicated Design
Working a complicated, multi-color needlepoint pattern is easy by using this method.
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.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
Vintage, Historical and Antique Needlepoint...
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
Free Autumn Leaf Patterns for Holiday Decorating
It’s autumn and the leaves are turning gold, red and brown. Use this free oak leaves chart to stitch needlepoint for fall home decorating.
The Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
How do I select a Needle for Needlepoint?
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
Celebrate Carnival Day with these Free...
Needlepoint a carousel to celebrate Carnival Day. The fun wacky holiday occurs on February 26th to celebrate the carnivals you've attended.
How To Repair a Hole in Needlepoint Canvas
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas. Page 2.
Needlepoint Patterns for Spring Featuring...
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
Encroaching or Interlocking Gobelin Stitch
The Encroaching Gobelin stitch, also known as the Interlocking Gobelin stitch, creates a smooth elongated stitch that is perfect for filling areas both large and small. Page 2.
Blank Journal Page
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket. Page 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. Page 2.
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.
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.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 6 Needlepoint...
These seven needlepoint designs are a great way to experiment, combine and mix a variety of stitch techniques.
The Rhodes Stitch
Learn to work the versatile Rhodes Stitch and many of its variations including the Rhodes, Heart, Rhodes Diamond, Rhodes Octagonal, Rhodes Circle, Rhodes Sheaf, Rhodes Clover or Shamrock and the Rhodes Star. Page 2.
Stitch a Needlepoint Project in 3 Easy Steps
Pull out that needlepoint project gathering dust in the closet and use these 3 easy steps to finish it.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
Cross Stitch - Working the Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch is very familiar to any cross stitcher, but it is also used in needlepoint as a decorative, textured stitch. Page 2.
Vintage Floral Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Stitch a Free Needlepoint Chart for American...
Raise awareness about heart disease this month by stitching this needlepoint chart for 56 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions.
The Parisian Stitch
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch. Page 2.
The Byzantine Stitch
The Byzantine Stitch is worked in diagonal rows and makes a very nice, textured filler for backgrounds and decorative elements in a needlepoint design. Page 2.
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
The Rice Stitch
The Rice Stitch is worked by stitching a large cross stitch, with each point crossed by a smaller stitch, forming what resembles grains of rice. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
Stitch a Bowl of Tortillas with This Free...
Needlepoint tortilla chips and delicious salsa are the focus of Day 55 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions.
The Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
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.
Stitch a Needlepoint Birthday Portrait of...
The free needlepoint chart for Day 53 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions was designed to commemorate George Washington's birthday.
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.
Needlepoint Yarn and Wool
Stitches worked in yarn and wool on a canvas ground are used to create a needlepoint project. There are many different types of yarn, wool and decorative threads that can be used, but tapestry yarn is most common.
The Alternating Basketweave Stitch
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors. Page 2.
Free Needlepoint Chart for National Tooth Fairy...
Here's a needlepoint chart for Day 59 of the 365 Needlepoint Resolutions Challenge designed to treasure your child's precious baby teeth.
Brighton Stitch
The Brighton Stitch is a decorative, textured stitch that is worked in two colors.
Needlepoint Easter Basket
Make a batch of Needlepoint Easter Baskets for the Holidays. This needlepoint pattern uses wicker stitch and other basic needlepoint stitches.
Reversed Mosaic Stitch
The Reversed Mosaic stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in small blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders, or for filling large pattern areas. Worked similarly to standard Mosaic stitch. Page 2.
Ethnic Needlepoint Patterns from Central and...
Needlepoint patterns inspired by the arts and crafts of Central and South America.
Working the Woven Plait Stitch
The Woven Plait Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that can be worked as a filling or in rows, and resembles braided fibers. Page 2.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
Easter Patterns
Here's you'll find Easter needlepoint patterns.
The Triangle Stitch
The Triangle Stitch is a decorative stitch commonly used in Bargello. It is worked vertically across horizontal rows, forming striped rows of interlocking triangles. Page 2.
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!
Plastic Canvas
Plastic canvas is a firm mesh used for needlepoint
Tips for Enlarging the Needlepoint Patterns and...
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.
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.
Learn How to Work the Leviathan Needlepoint...
Learn how to work the Leviathan Stitch for decorative accents to your needlepoint designs.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
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.
Kente Cloth Needlepoint
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design. Page 2.
Showcase Your Love of Needlepoint with This...
This free design for Day 58 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions celebrates Creative Romance Month with an easy-to-stitch needlepoint chart.
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. Page 2.
Working the Diagonal Chevron Stitch
The Diagonal Chevron Stitch is a bold, textured needlepoint stitch with defined diagonal banding. The stitch is worked in diagonal rows going in 2 directions. Page 2.
Learn how to stitch needlepoint on large canvas
This year, make your holiday decorating fresh and exciting with easy Quickpoint needlepoint projects.
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.
Needlepoint Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
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?
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day Free...
Day 54 of 365 Needlepoint Resolutions celebrates International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day a time to make a few treats for your favorite canine.
Needlepoint Canvas
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
How to Use Couching Surface Embroidery in...
Learn how to use couching stitching techniques in needlepoint for stunning accents to needlepoint designs.
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
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.
Money-Saving Tips for the Smart Needlepoint...
These 3 smart needlepoint shopping tips will save you time and money and increase your enjoyment of shopping for needlework.
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.
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.
Pineapple Needlepoint Pattern - Two Versions
Stitch this needlepoint pineapple two ways - using textured, decorative stitches, or tent stitch. Patterns are provided for both versions. Page 2.
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.
Alphabets and Monograms
Alphabets, monograms and matching frames to personalize your needlepoint projects.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 1 Needlepoint...
From festive party hats to wacky holiday celebrations, Week 1 of 365 Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions free needlepoint charts provided loads of opportunities to experiment with color and design.
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. Page 2.
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.
Shamrock Medallion Needlepoint Pattern
This design uses: medium green, dark green, pale yellow and medium golden yellow. The design itself has a stitch count of 78 x 78 stitches.
What is Bargello?
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.
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.
Asian Inspiration
Projects inspired by the arts and crafts of Asia.
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.
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.
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.
Congress Cloth
Congress cloth is a fine-meshed, even weave canvas used primarily for Petit Point or miniature needlepoint.
African Designs
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
Free Needlepoint Patterns of Popular Quilt Blocks
One way to enjoy quilting is to stitch it in needlepoint—hence the birth of the Quilt Block Needlepoint Coasters Series.
St. Patrick's Day
Fun needlepoint projects to stitch for St. Patrick's Day. The Leprechauns will be proud!
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.
The Framed Scotch Stitch
The Framed Scotch Stitch is a variation of the popular Scotch Stitch. It features Scotch Stitch blocks framed by tent stitch border. Page 2.
Grace's Pinks Needlepoint Pattern
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.
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.
The Milanese Stitch
The Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch. Page 2.
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.
Fairytale Figures
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
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.
Nativity Pattern Series
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.
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. Page 2.
Scotch Stitch - How to Work the Scotch Stitch
The Scotch Stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders.
Chunky Spring Bird
Stitch a somewhat chunky spring bird in jewel tones. The pattern can be stitched in assorted needlepoint stitches in fifteen colors of needlepoint tapestry wool or novelty threads. Page 3.
Summer Stitching
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
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.
The Tressed Stitch
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding. Page 2.
Creatures from the Land, Sea and Air
Here you'll find a list list of stitchable critters from the land, sea and air.
Abstract Circles Thread-Blending Project
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hearts Entwined Needlepoint Chart for National...
Hearts lovingly entwined are the subject of this free needlepoint chart to celebrate National Weddings Month on Day 52 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions.
The Double Straight Cross
The Double Straight Cross is worked in two parts and is a heavily textured filling stitch. The stitch can also be used individually as a decorative element.
How to Couch or Tack Thread
Couching is worked by taking small stitches over the laying thread, evenly spaced, to secure it in place.
Free Needlepoint Charts for Week 4 Needlepoint...
Download all 7 of Week 4's Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions charts to add to your collection. Use them alone or as part of a larger needlepoint project.
Ice Cream on a Stitck Monthly Pattern Series
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
Kokeshi Dolls
Three Traditional Japanese Kokeshi-style dolls

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