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How to Work with Needlepoint Charts
Remember these guidelines to understand and be successful in using a chart to stitch needlepoint projects.
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.
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.
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.
Get Ready for Back to School Cuteness with This...
Get this free middle school needlepoint chart that's easy and simple enough for a “newbie” as well as challenging enough for the advanced stitcher.
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.
Use This Free Needlepoint Chart to Stitch a...
Here’s a fun needlepoint surprise to get your kids in the mood for back to school! Download the free Backpack Needlepoint Design.
Week 31 Free Needlepoint Charts-365 Needlepoint...
These seven back to school and special occasion needlepoint designs for Week 31 of the 365 Needlepoint Resolutions Challenge are sure to delight all.
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.
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.
Double Alternating Nobuko Stitch
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
Long Stitch - How to Work the Long Stitch
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
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.
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.
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 Nobuko Stitch
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches.
Free Back to School Pencil Box Cover Needlepoin...
Designed to be finished into a pencil box cover the free needlepoint pattern is easy to learn quick to do.
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 Paint a Needlepoint Canvas
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
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.
Classic Alphabet for Needlepoint
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
4 Free Autumn Leaf Needlepoint Patterns
Download this free autumn oak leaves needlepoint pattern and make several items for fall home decorating.
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.
Needlepoint an Apple for Your Teacher with This...
Download your free copy of the Apple for the Teacher needlepoint chart for back-to-school stitching.
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.
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.
The Wicker Stitch
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
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.
Free Back to School Classroom Needlepoint Chart
Stitch a traditional classroom scene with this free needlepoint chart for Day 222 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
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.
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 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 Cashmere Stitch
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
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.
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.
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.
How do I select a Needle for Needlepoint?
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
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.
Hungarian Stitch
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Needlepoint Patterns
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
Needlepoint Frames and Stands
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
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.
Needlepoint Pattern for National Ice Cream Month
The completed ice cream cone needlepoint project would look great as a stand-up figure for National Ice Cream Month.
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.
Needlepoint Salutes National Quilting Day
Many needlepointers also quilt as an additional hobby. So, today we salute quilters everywhere with a free needlepoint chart for National Quilting Day.
Week 30 Free Needlepoint Charts-365 Needlepoint...
Playing catchup of the Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions Challenge? Download these free charts for Week 30.
4 Planets to Needlepoint for Back to School...
Stitch the planets Earth, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter for Astronomy class with these four free needlepoint charts.
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.
Read and Stitch This Free Newspaper Needlepoint...
Get a copy of this fun newspaper needlepoint design for Day 236 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions Challenge.
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 Moorish Stitch
The Moorish Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch worked in stepped, diagonal rows.
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.
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.
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.
Needlepoint a Set of Colored Pencils for Back...
Check out this free back to school colored pencils needlepoint project for Day 240 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge.
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.
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 Straight Knitting Stitch
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
How To Repair a Hole in Needlepoint Canvas
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas.
The Slanted Gobelin Stitch
How to work the slanted gobelin stitch.
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.
Needlepoint a Geography Textbook Cover with...
Stitch a world map globe for back to school with this free needlepoint design. It is Day 237 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions Challenge.
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.
How to Use Couching Surface Embroidery in...
Learn how to use couching stitching techniques in needlepoint for stunning accents to needlepoint designs.
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.
Use This Needlepoint Chart to Stitch a Clever...
This free needlepoint design for Day 231 of a clever school boy reading a book will be a cheerful sight to a preschooler or elementary school student.
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.
Needlepoint Worked in Long Stitch
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
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.
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.
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.
Straight Cashmere Stitch
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch.
Needlepoint This Motherhood Silhouette for...
Not sure how to use up thread leftover from other needlepoint projects? Put it to good use stitching this needlepoint pattern for Mother’s Day.
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!
Rug Canvas
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
Working a Complicated Design
Working a complicated, multi-color needlepoint pattern is easy by using this method.
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.
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?
DIY Bargello Needlepoint Belt Step 2: Stitching
Here are the things you need as well as stitching steps to make your Diamond Bargello Needlepoint Belt a stunning tribute to your creativity!
Brighton Stitch
The Brighton Stitch is a decorative, textured stitch that is worked in two colors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blank Journal Page
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
The Parisian Stitch
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Quick Holiday Plastic Canvas Needlepoint...
Looking for quick and easy holiday ornament needlepoint patterns for plastic canvas? Check out these 4 free patterns.
Stitch a Pair of Spring Butterflies for...
Day 60 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions presents two spring butterfly needlepoint designs to kick off National Craft Month.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Congress Cloth
Congress cloth is a fine-meshed, even weave canvas used primarily for Petit Point or miniature needlepoint.
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.
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.
Monogram Frame Pattern
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
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.
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.
The Tressed Stitch
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding.
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.
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.
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.
DIY Needlepoint Belt Initial Preparation &...
Learn how to block and finish a Bargello needlepoint belt using one of these quick and easy methods.
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.
Stitch this Yellow Bus Needlepoint Design for...
Work a yellow school bus with this free needlepoint chart. Add a back-to-school themed needlepoint border for accent.
Vintage Floral Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Abstract Circles Thread-Blending Project
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
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.
Week 29 Free Needlepoint Charts-365 Needlepoint...
Brighten a dark room or corner with items made from these 7 needlepoint patterns for Week 29 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year's Resolutions Challenge.
Autumn Projects
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
Ice Cream Pattern - October
Watch out! The spider is stealing the "O" from the "BOO" ! This Halloween-themed Ice Cream on a Stick
Winter Driving Needlepoint Chart-Day 14
Day 14 of 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions illustrates just how hazardous it can be when driving in winter.
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.
Autumn Alphabet and Numerals
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
Free Needlepoint Patterns of Popular Quilt Blocks
One way to enjoy quilting without working with fabric is to stitch it in needlepoint with these free Quilt Block Needlepoint Charts.
Square Motif Needlepoint Pattern
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors.
Stitch a Needlepoint Calculator for Back to...
When it comes to back-to-school accessories, this free needlepoint pattern could be finished into a case to hold a real life calculator.
Asian Maple Leaves Needlepoint Pattern and...
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
Americana Heart
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
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.
Creatures from the Land, Sea and Air
Here you'll find a list list of stitchable critters from the land, sea and air.
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).
Stitch a School Bus Stop Sign for Back to School
Download this design for your back to school needlepoint projects. The school bus stop sign would accent any plans you have for fall decorating.
Needlepoint Patterns for Spring Featuring...
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
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 - July
Celebrate Independence Day with a striped motif. This Ice Cream on a Stick is the sixth pattern in a series of 12, and represents the month of July.
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.
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.
Stitch This Desktop Needlepoint Design for Back...
Needlepoint a mat for a dorm room desktop with this free needlepoint pattern. Combine with other back to school patterns to form a needlepoint collage
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.
Leaf Quartet in Textured Stitches
Stitch a pattern of leaves worked in groups of 4 in textured long stitch.

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