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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.
Enjoy a Free Needlepoint Pumpkin Pie Pattern...
Download this free pumpkin pie needlepoint chart and stitch it for Thanksgiving. Makes a great holiday needlework project.
Continental Stitch - How to Work the Continenta...
The most commonly used needlepoint stitch is the Continental Stitch, and is often referred to as the “tent” stitch. This stitch is worked diagonally over one intersection of canvas mesh.
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and...
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and Petit Point?
Needlepoint Sweet & Mashed Potatoes for...
Make stand-up figures for your Thanksgiving dinner table with these 2 free sweet & mashed potatoes needlepoint patterns.
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.
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
Hydrangea Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
The Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
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.
Long Stitch - How to Work the Long Stitch
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
Stitch & Display These 2 Thanksgiving...
Download these 2 Free Thanksgiving Cornucopia Needlepoint Charts. Make pillows, trivets, pin cushions and more with the easy needlepoint designs.
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.
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.
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.
The Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
4 Quick Holiday Plastic Canvas Needlepoint...
Looking for quick and easy holiday ornament needlepoint patterns for plastic canvas? Check out these 4 free patterns.
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
Needlepoint Blocking Board
A blocking board is a lightweight, pinable board with a fabric covering that has been printed with a grid of squares. The grid is used as a guide for squaring the canvas during the blocking process.
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.
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.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
Learn How to Stitch Needlepoint on Large Canvas
This year, make your holiday decorating fresh and exciting with easy Quickpoint needlepoint projects.
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 an Historical Thanksgiving Scene...
Needlepoint a Thanksgiving scene depicting the Pilgrims' first arrival to the New World. Download the free needlepoint chart.
Celebrate Black Friday Sales with This Luggage...
Get a free copy and stitch a Black Friday luggage tag needlepoint design for Day 331 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
Have a Happy Needlepoint Thanksgiving Day with...
Stitch a Happy Thanksgiving Day banner with this free needlepoint chart for Day 330 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
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.
Needlepoint a Green Bean Casserole with This...
Free Thanksgiving dinner needlepoint pattern to download and stitch 4 green beans. Works easily with tent needlepoint stitches.
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.
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.
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.
Say Goodbye to Fall Decorating with This Free...
Download this free needlepoint chart to stitch the official end of the fall decorating season. Work a needlepoint pillow or picture to use each year.
Magen David Kippah Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a needlepoint kippah for a special person. This project is 6-1/4 inch diameter worked on 18-count canvas in just 4 colors.
The Parisian Stitch
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch.
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.
Free Chart to Needlepoint a Turkey Feast for...
Stitch a needlepoint turkey feast for Thanksgiving with this free chart. Download and save a copy to work with basic needlepoint stitches.
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.
Stitch a Trio of Halloween Pumpkins with These...
You can stitch all three free pumpkin needlepoint patterns on one piece of canvas for a Halloween party decoration or as single projects.
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.
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.
How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
The Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
2 Turkey Needlepoint Charts to Stitch for...
Work a set of needlepoint coasters and a couple of stand-up figures with these 2 Thanksgiving turkey needlepoint charts.
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 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.
How do I select a Needle for Needlepoint?
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
Asian Inspired Alphabet
This needlepoint alphabet pattern was inspired by the traditional brushwork painting of China and Japan. The alphabet is uppercase, which makes it perfect for use as a monogram. Stitch the monogram in the matching needlepoint frame.
Working the T Stitch
The T-stitch is an open, airy needlepoint stitch. It is used as a filling in areas where you would like the canvas to show through.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blank Journal Page
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
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.
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.
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.
Threading a Needle for Needlepoint is Easy with...
Looking for a solution to needlepoint threading dilemmas? One of these 4 ways will help you learn to thread a tapestry needle with ease.
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 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.
The Tressed Stitch
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding.
How To Repair a Hole in Needlepoint Canvas
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas.
Arabic Tile Bargello Needlepoint Border
Arabic and Middle Eastern art are great inspirations for Bargello needlepoint border designs. Page 7.
Figures - Pilgrim Boy and Girl
Stitch a cute pilgrim couple for Thanksgiving, dressed in their holiday best.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
Working a Complicated Design
Working a complicated, multi-color needlepoint pattern is easy by using this method.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
Work a Storm of Snowflakes with This Free...
Download snowflake needlepoint ornaments to make with this free chart for Day 2 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
Noble Forest
Stitch a two-toned Noble Forest for the Christmas Season.
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.
4 Free Autumn Leaf Needlepoint Patterns
Download this free autumn oak leaves needlepoint pattern and make several items for fall home decorating.
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.
Fairytale Figures
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
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.
Wavy Bargello Needlepoint Border
A monochromatic color scheme and 4-1 pattern step make soothing waves in this Bargello Needlepoint Border Design. Page 6.
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 Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
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.
Snowman with Heart Needlepoint Pattern
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 Alternating Basketweave Stitch
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors.
Creatures from the Land, Sea and Air
Here you'll find a list list of stitchable critters from the land, sea and air.
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.
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.
Monogram Frame Pattern
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
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.
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.
Figures - Stanley Soldier and Betty Bouffant...
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.
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.
Stitch a Juicy Thanksgiving Ham Needlepoint...
Add a needlepoint ham to your Thanksgiving dinner decorations with this free pattern for Day 325 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
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.
Needlepoint a Snowflake for Day 2 of 365 Free...
Download and stitch a storm of snowflakes with Day 2 of 365 Free Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions Charts.
Needlepoint Patterns for Spring Featuring...
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
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.
For Holiday Decorating Quickies Try Readymade...
Here are some tips to help you decorate your home with readymade needlepoint this holiday season.
Learn How to Do Couching Surface Embroidery on...
Learn how to use couching stitching techniques in needlepoint for stunning accents to needlepoint designs.
Free Fun February Needlepoint Charts for Week...
Get free copies of these Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions Challenge designs for Week 7. Stitch them for your favorite February holidays.
Stitch 2 Native American Designs for Thanksgiving
Download and stitch 2 free and easy Native American theme needlepoint charts to celebrate the First Thanksgiving.
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?
The Slanted Gobelin Stitch
How to work the slanted gobelin stitch.
Swedish Ornament Needlepoint Pattern and...
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
How to Work the Twill Stitch
The Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows. See also Double Twill Stitch.
Stitch These Free Thanksgiving Chefs Needlepoin...
Download and stitch these 3 Thanksgiving Chefs needlepoint charts and make a few new dinner memories.
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.
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.
Vintage Floral Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Free Haunted Mansion Needlepoint Chart for...
Start stitching this free Halloween needlepoint chart while waiting in line to tour one of the famous haunted mansions in your neighborhood!
Abstract Circles Thread-Blending Project
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
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.
Needlepoint a Set of Apple Coasters with These...
Stitch a Fuji, Granny Smith and Red Delicious apple and turn them into beverage coasters that complement your autumn decorating.
Decorate Kitchen & Bath Linens with This...
Work a lovely needlepoint design in the corner of kitchen or bath linens to use in fall holiday decorating. Download the Free Needlepoint Chart.
Introduction to Needlepoint
Needlepoint, a form of counted-thread embroidery, is worked in a variety of stitches in wool, cotton or silk over a canvas or fabric mesh, one stitch at a time.
Working the 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.
Congress Cloth
Congress cloth is a fine-meshed, even weave canvas used primarily for Petit Point or miniature needlepoint.
Leaf Quartet in Textured Stitches
Stitch a pattern of leaves worked in groups of 4 in textured long stitch.
Asian Inspiration
Projects inspired by the arts and crafts of Asia.
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.
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.
Stitch a Bargello Needlepoint Belt with This...
Learn how to make a needlepoint belt in 3 steps with this Bargello tutorial and needlepoint stitch-along. Download the free diamond Bargello pattern.
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.
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.
The Double Parisian Stitch
The Double Parisian is an interesting filling stitch that is suitable for the beginner.
Needlepoint a Winter Scene with This Free Design
If you like winter scenes, you'll enjoy stitching this free needlepoint chart, which is Day 4 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions Challenge.
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.
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 Free Needlepoint Charts for Super Bowl Game...
While watching the “Big Game”, you can join in the festivities by stitching 3 commemorative football needlepoint designs for Day 32 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
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.
Simple Bargello Needlepoint Border
It’s easy to create beautiful, yet simple needlepoint borders to frame your needlework projects. Page 5.
Stitch a Mayflower Thanksgiving Ship with This...
Needlepoint a likeness of the Mayflower for Thanksgiving decorating. Download the free pattern.
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.
The Pineapple Stitch
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.
Nativity Series - Three Kings Needlepoint...
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.
The Moorish Stitch
The Moorish Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch worked in stepped, diagonal rows.
Autumn Projects
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
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.
Free Needlepoint Tutorial: Learn to Work the...
Learn how to work the Leviathan Stitch for striking decorative accents in your needlepoint projects.
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.
Stitching In-the-Ditch - Sewing Needlepoint
Finishing your needlepoint project often involves machine or hand sewing. In this area you will learn how to stitch in the ditch for a professional-looking finish.
Cardinal and Exotic Bird Needlepoint Designs...
Pour your passion for needlepoint into these free National Bird Day Cardinal and exotic bird patterns charted for needlepoint or cross stitch.
Ice Cream on a Stick Pattern Series - April
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.
Nativity Series - The Holy Family
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.
African Designs
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
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.
There’s Nothing Wrong with Grandma’...
There’s nothing wrong with grandma’s needlepoint. The techniques she learned and used are the foundation for the needlepoint we stitch today.
French 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.

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