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Needlepoint: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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?
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.
Royal School of Needlework
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.
Kente Cloth Needlepoint
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design.
How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
Conversion Chart
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 .
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. Page 3.
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.
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.
Monogram Frame Pattern
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
Brief History of Needlework by James R. Krasznia.
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.
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.
Dreidel Needlepoint Pattern - Instructions for...
Stitch a Dreidel Petite Four for the Holidays. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
The Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches. Page 2.
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.
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.
Long Stitch - How to Work the Long Stitch
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
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.
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.
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.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
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.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
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.
The Double Parisian Stitch
The Double Parisian is an interesting filling stitch that is suitable for the beginner.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum)
Victoria & Albert Museum features a broad geographic range with a particular emphasis on Europe. Most needlework techniques are represented, including woven, printed and embroidered textiles, lace, tapestries (including needlepoint) and carpets.
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.
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.
Using the 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. Page 2.
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. Page 3.
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
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.
The Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas. 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.
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. Page 2.
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 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 3.
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.
Sail Away Needlepoint Charted Pattern
needlepoint canvas . The design can be worked in tent stitch , or a other needlepoint stitches . The
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
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.
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 set 1. Page 2.
Abstract Circles Thread-Blending Project
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
Hydrangea Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
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. Page 2.
The Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch. Page 2.
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
African Designs
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
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.
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. Page 3.
Vintage, Historical and Antique Needlepoint...
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
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.
Asian Maple Leaves Needlepoint Pattern and...
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
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 Canvas
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
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?
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 2.
Swedish Ornament Needlepoint Pattern and...
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
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.
Autumn Projects
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
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.
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.
The Tressed Stitch
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding.
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.
The Parisian Stitch
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch. Page 2.
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.
Easter Egg trio - Set 2
These three eggs are the second set in the Easter Eggs series - additional egg patterns are also available. Page 3.
Surfboard Pattern Series - Sets 3 and 4
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 3.
Stitching Piping to Needlepoint
Piping adds a nice finish to any project. It's easy to stitch to a needlepoint project by following these basic guidelnes.
Surface Stitches for Needlepoint
Embellish your needlepoint projects with decorative surface stitches.
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. Page 2.
Figures - Count and Countess
Stitch the Counted Count and his equally counted Countess!
The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia
Guide Review of The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia, distributed by Sterling Publishing.
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. Page 2.
Holiday Stars and Trees Needlepoint Pattern
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.
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.
Figures - Pilgrim Boy and Girl
Stitch a cute pilgrim couple for Thanksgiving, dressed in their holiday best.
Americana Heart
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
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. Page 2.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch. Page 2.
Pumpkin Head Two-Sided Pattern
Stitch a Jack o' Lantern with two sides, or make a faceless pumpkin with this versatile pattern. Page 3.
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 Milanese Stitch
The Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch. Page 2.
Salamanca Needlepoint Pattern
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.
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.
Mono Canvas
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.
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.
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.
Bluebirds of Happiness
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.
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.
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.
Creatures from the Land, Sea and Air
Here you'll find a list list of stitchable critters from the land, sea and air.
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.
The Alternating Basketweave Stitch
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors.
Working a Complicated Design
Working a complicated, multi-color needlepoint pattern is easy by using this method.
Juvenile Needlepoint Patterns - Patterns for Kids
Work a colorful needlepoint pattern for a special child.
Winterscapes Needlepoint Pattern and Instructions
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.
Asian Inspiration
Projects inspired by the arts and crafts of Asia.
Ducky Needlepoint Pattern - Ducky-A-Gogo
Stich an adorable trio of yellow ducky pull toys. This free needlepoint pattern will make an adorable pillow or framed picture for the nursery.
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.
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. Page 2.
Halloween
Halloween needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and more.
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.
Blue Danube Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch this waltz-inspired needlepoint design in 3 classic shades of blue against a pure, white background using continental stitch and basketweave stitch.
Needlepoint Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
Vintage Floral Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
The Slanted Gobelin Stitch
The Slanted Gobelin stitch is similar to the Upright Gobelin, but is worked at a slight angle. Page 2.
Meet Kaffee Fassett of the United Kingdom
Meet Kaffee Fassett of England. Needlepoint.
Square Motif Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors. Page 2.
Taping the Edges of a Canvas
Learn how to prepare the edges of a needlepoint canvas using masking tape. Page 3.
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.
Leaf Quartet in Textured Stitches
Stitch a pattern of leaves worked in groups of 4 in textured long stitch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pear Trio Needlepoint Pattern and Instructions
Three perfectly ripened pears await your needle, wool and canvas. Stitch using traditional tent stitches, or be daring and use an assortment of pretty – yet easy – decorative and textured stitches.
Geometric and Contemporary Patterns
Geometric and Contemporary Needlepoint Patterns
Random Long Stitch - How to Work the Random...
Random Long Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch worked in varying lengths.
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 Pattern - October
The Ice Cream is worked on 14-count canvas in 8 colors. The ice cream can be worked in continental stitch
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. Page 2.
Mexican Folk Art Animal
Stitch a stylized animal in bright colors for Cinco de Mayo. This pattern was inspired by Mexican folk embroidery on a vintage costume.
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
Super Summer Scrap Buster
Gather your scraps of needlepoint thread and stitch this geometric, super summer scrap buster needlepoint pattern.
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.
How to Couch or Tack Thread
Pronounced "KOO-ching", this stitch is used to tack down a length of thread on the surface of the finished
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.
Garden Zinnias Pattern
Designer Elizabeth Lay shares her colorful Garden Zinnias needlepoint pattern. Page 2.
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 Diagonal Hexagonal Stitch
The Diagonal Hexagonal is a popular filling stitch worked in large blocks of stitches in graduating sizes.
Ice Cream on a Stitck Monthly Pattern Series
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
How To Repair a Hole in Needlepoint Canvas
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
Needlepoint Shops - Northwest United States
Needlepoint Shops - Northwest United States
Working the Horizontal Brick Stitch
The Horizontal Brick Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch from the Brick Stitch family. This stitch makes an excellent filling stitch, and can also be worked in rows and borders. Page 2.

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