Needlepoint: Most Popular Articles
Here you will find a list of the available Needlepoint Stitches, along with their Stitch Journal pages for you to print and enjoy.
What is the Difference Between Needlepoint and Petit Point?
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.
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch. Page 2.
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.
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 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.
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
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.
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outline stitch is used to highlight or outline areas on a canvas, or can be used for stems and tendrils on flowers and plants.
Here you'll find recommendations on where to find needlepoint supplies, canvas, and tools in Canada.
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.
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.
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
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.
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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.
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 Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to 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.
Learn how to make a stand-up needlepoint figure. Includes instructions for making a weighted base and twisted piping. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
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 4.
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.
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.
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
The Scotch Stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders.
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.
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
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 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.
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
The Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
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.
The brick stitch is a simple decorative stitch that adds a nice bit of texture to a needlepoint project. Page 2.
The Milanese in worked triangles arranged in diagonal bands, and is a popular filling and background stitch. Page 2.
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 Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows. See also Double Twill 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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
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.
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.
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 .
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
This Candy Hearts pillow front is worked in traditional candy colors on a white ground. It's a perfect beginner project.
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
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.
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
Canvas forms the foundation of every needlepoint project. It is available in different styles, colors and mesh counts.
The Straight Cashmere Stitch is a boxy filling stitch related to the standard Cahsmere Stitch. Page 2.
Pronounced "KOO-ching", this stitch is used to tack down a length of thread on the surface of the finished
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.
The Moorish Stitch is a needlepoint filling stitch worked in stepped, diagonal rows. Page 2.
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 Double Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows of different lengths.
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas.
The Slanted Gobelin stitch is similar to the Upright Gobelin, but is worked at a slight angle. Page 2.
The Diagonal Hexagonal is a popular filling stitch worked in large blocks of stitches in graduating sizes. Page 2.
The Double Parisian is an interesting filling stitch that is suitable for the beginner. Page 2.
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals. Page 2.
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors. Page 2.
I used embroidery floss in my needlepoint project and it frayed. Someone told me I shouldn't use embroidery floss - is this true?
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
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 3.
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.
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
Stitch this waltz-inspired needlepoint design in 3 classic shades of blue against a pure, white background using continental stitch and basketweave stitch.
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
Cross Stitch is very familiar to any cross stitcher, but it is also used in needlepoint as a decorative, textured stitch. Page 2.
The Corduroy Stitch is worked in vertical rows of 2 different widths, which gives you a pronounced striped effect in your needlepoint project.
Stitch a pattern of leaves worked in groups of 4 in textured long stitch.
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.
The Brighton Stitch is a decorative, textured stitch that is worked in two colors. Page 2.
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
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.
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.
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 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. Page 2.
Plastic canvas is a firm mesh used for needlepoint
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.
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.
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 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.
Learn how to prepare the edges of a needlepoint canvas using masking tape. Page 2.
Stitch this bright orange Rock Star Turkey in 8 shades of tapestry wool on 14-count canvas.
Here you'll find a list of needlepoint patterns inspired by European countries.
Halloween needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and more.
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 is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding. Page 2.
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
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.
Stitch a finished needlepoint canvas into a handy, lined pouch. You can use them as purses, totes, or create smaller pouches to hang on a doorknob, as ornaments, or unique gift bags. Page 3.
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.
Finish your needlepoint pieces by transforming them into pillows, stand-ups, bags or appliques!
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. Page 2.
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.
Stitch a Jack o' Lantern with two sides, or make a faceless pumpkin with this versatile pattern.
Gather your scraps of needlepoint thread and stitch this geometric, super summer scrap buster needlepoint pattern.
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.
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
Stitch a set of two needlepoint full moon patterns - one features a pair of flying bats and the other a spooky ghost. Page 2.
Random Long Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch worked in varying lengths. Page 2.
Meet Needlepoint Designer Barbara Elmore of Arizona
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.
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.
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch.
The acorn is a symbol of patience and an old English proverb states that "Great oaks from little acorns
Tapestry wool consists of four plies of yarn twisted together, which cannot be separated. Because the plies cannot be separated, this type of yarn is normally worked on larger mesh canvas (#10 up to #14). Tapestry wool is softer than Persian yarn, so it is best to work with lengths of yarn no longer than 18-20 inches to prevent fraying and wearing down of the yard while stitching,
Stitch a needlepoint valentine featuring two-toned hearts, and a sweet sentiment couched in Memory Thread.
This needlepoint filling stitch goes by the name of either the Checkered Mosaic Stitch, or the Mosaic Checker Stitch, and is made from blocks of a single Mosaic Stitch alternating with blocks of four tent stitches. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
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.
Stitch a different ice cream on a stick for every month of the year.
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. Page 2.
Here's a perfect scrap-basket pattern! Stitch a blanket of leaves on a dark ground using assorted colors in a variety of needlepoint stitches.
Needlepoint stand-up figures based on popular fairytales!
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.
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.
Guide Review of The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia, distributed by Sterling Publishing.
The Straight Florentine Stitch is a filling stitch worked in horizontal rows of straight stitches.
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design.
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.
Frames used in needlepoint are referred to as scroll frames and stretcher frames. They are used to keep the needlepoint canvas taut, freeing both of your hands to stitch, and reduces canvas warping and stretching which makes blocking your finished canvas easier. The tighter the canvas is stretched in the frame, the easier the needle passes through the holes in the canvas. Embroidery hoops can be substituted for smaller projects.
Fall is in the air and the leaves are starting to blow! Stitch the Breezes through the Treezes pattern in continental stitch on 12-count canvas in your favorite falll colors.
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. Page 2.
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.
Projects for Thanksgiving and other November, Fall/Autumn Holidays.
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.
Stitch a steaming cup of latte in a pretty white cup using tent stitch and framed scotch stitch.
The Embroiderers' Guild of Canada is a national non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to have a fellowship of persons who enjoy needlework and wish to learn and share their knowledge; and maintain higher standards of design, colour and workmanship. Their aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the Art of Embroidery through education and networking.
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 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.