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?
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.
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.
Learn to work the Double Alternating Nobuko stitch - a textured needlepoint filling stitch.
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 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 work French knots. A French knot is a type of surface stitch used to make small, decorative knots. The knots can be used individually, or in clusters and are very easy to stitch.
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.
This collection of Easter crafts and activities will help you celebrate the holiday. With Easter activities and Easter decoration ideas for the whole family, this is your guide to creating a memorable Easter.
Select your monogram from this set to stitch in the center of the Monogram Frame needlepoint pattern.
Here you'll find recommendations on where to find needlepoint supplies, canvas, and tools in Canada.
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.
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.
This will not only save you money, but you can create custome-colored canvas to stitch!
The Nobuko Stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in alternating long and short, diagonal stitches.
Long Stitch is similar to Satin Stitch and is used to fill large areas of canvas.
Here you'll find a list of patterns that are perfect for summer stitching!
Stitch a lovely bunch of needlepoint hydrangea blossoms in long stitch using this free pattern or chart.
Patterns and Charts for Vintage and Antique Needlepoint.
These three eggs are the second set in the Easter Eggs series - additional egg patterns are also available. 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.
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's you'll find Easter needlepoint patterns.
Needlepoint Patterns Featuring Flowers
Celebrate Autumn by stitching this Asian Maple in full color.
Stitch this pretty leaf border to frame a Classic Monogram.
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.
Here's a fun project that allows you to try blending threads to create secondary colors.
Web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
The Straight Knitting Stitch is worked in vertical rows and mimics a knit stockinette stitch.
Stitch a Vintage-Style Needlepoint Floral.
Christmas and winter-themed needlepoint patterns, including decorations, pillows, ornaments and stockings.
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.
Here you'll learn how to select the proper needle for a needlepoint project.
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.
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 Cashmere Stitch is a luxuriously-textured filling stitch that is also often used in background areas.
Colorful designs inspired by African Art and Textiles. Includes material from Ghana, West Africa, Kenya and other nations or regions.
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.
Stich an adorable trio of yellow ducky pull toys. This free needlepoint pattern will make an adorable pillow or framed picture for the nursery.
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 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 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.
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.
The brick stitch is a simple decorative stitch that adds a nice bit of texture to a needlepoint project.
Needlepoint Patterns worked in Long Stitch
Are you looking for a special needlepoint pattern to match your china, wallpaper, or to create a needlepoint pattern from a photo? This list will help you locate designers specializing in custom patterns.
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.
Free needlepoint patterns from our Guest Designers.
Here you'll find a list of needlepoint patterns inspired by European countries.
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.
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.
Stitch a steaming cup of latte in a pretty white cup using tent stitch and framed scotch stitch.
The Hungarian Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch used to fill in large areas and borders of a needlepoint design.
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 ancient art of paper folding, known as Origami, inspired this needlepoint pattern featuring a bird against a decorative background.
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.
Stitch this waltz-inspired needlepoint design in 3 classic shades of blue against a pure, white background using continental stitch and basketweave stitch.
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.
Stitch a needlepoint frame for your favorite photo, or use it to frame a monogram. This free needlepoint pattern works up quickly and fits the Asian Alphabet pattern.
Geometric and Contemporary Needlepoint Patterns
Work this repeating pattern in one of two Country French colorways.
Here you'll find a list list of stitchable critters from the land, sea and air.
: A popular type of needlepoint canvas that has a single horizontal thread, and two finer vertical threads
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A single Bird of Paradise Flower framed by a lattice window evokes a tropical paradise. Let your mind escape to a faraway island as you stitch - even if you're stitching in your winter woolies.
The Scotch Stitch is a textured, decorative stitch worked in blocks. It's perfect for background areas and borders.
Customize your needlepoint projects with upper and lower case letters with matching numerals.
Stitch a Fantasy Fish swimming in a seaweed sea using bright shades of yarn. It's stitched on 10 Holes-per-inch canvas using worsted weight yarn or wool and is a perfect beginner project.
The Rice Stitch is worked by stitching a large cross stitch, with each point crossed by a smaller stitch, forming what resembles grains of rice. Page 2.
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.
Plastic canvas is a firm mesh used for needlepoint
The Brighton Stitch is a decorative, textured stitch that is worked in two colors.
The Diamond Ray Stitch is a textured needlepoint filling stitch. It is similar to standard Ray Stitch but is worked vertically.
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.
Designer Elizabeth Lay shares her colorful Garden Zinnias needlepoint pattern
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.
The Leaf Stitch is a realistic-looking decorative stitch used to stitch leaves or leaf-like shapes on a canvas.
Work this Chubby Bunny needlepoint pattern in basic needlepoint stitches. The colors of the Easter bunny can be easily changed and personalized. Work a single Easter Bunny, multiple bunnies, or stitch a single bunny on the corner of a napkin using removable waste canvas.
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 Twill Stitch is a simple, textured needlepoint filling stitch that is worked vertically in diagonal rows. See also Double Twill Stitch.
This Candy Hearts pillow front is worked in traditional candy colors on a white ground. It's a perfect beginner project.
Stitch an Americana-inspired heart in patriotic colors for the 4th of July.
Autumn Projects featuring back to school, autumn and fall leaves.
How to work the slanted gobelin stitch.
The Smyrna Cross is a highly textured stitch that can be used as a filler for large areas, or in backgrounds and border areas.
Outline stitch is used to highlight or outline areas on a canvas, or can be used for stems and tendrils on flowers and plants.
This is a pretty project worked using only the continental stitch. The chart is worked in quadrants, making it an ideal project for a beginner to learn how to follow a charted design.
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 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.
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 Rose Romance free needlepoint pattern was designed to introduce you to the Long Stitch, an easy needlepoint stitch that produces results quickly.
Stitches worked in yarn and wool on a canvas ground are used to create a needlepoint project. There are many different types of yarn, wool and decorative threads that can be used, but tapestry yarn is most common.
The Coins in the Fountain Pattern is an online needlepoint class and features seven different needlepoint stitches for you to learn.
The Wicker Stitch is a textured filling stitch that resembles a woven, wicker basket.
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.
Stitch a stylized animal in bright colors for Cinco de Mayo. This pattern was inspired by Mexican folk embroidery on a vintage costume.
The Parisian Stitch is worked vertically in long, alternating rows and make a very pretty filling stitch.
I've added another needlepoint petite four pattern to the collection. Stitch and sew a Christmas Tree petite four, or the companion Halloween Pumpkin or Birthday Balloons versions. This miniature project is quick to stitch using the full-color chart. It can also be worked in counted cross stitch.
National Museum of American History collection is comprised of over 50,000 articles and includes raw fibers, yarns and fabrics, machines and tools, linens, synthetics and other fibers.
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.
Stitch a garden of pretty yellow daffodils for Spring.
Projects inspired by the arts and crafts of Asia.
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.
Combine four basic needlepoint stitches – Continental Stitch and satin stitch worked in opposite directions, along with straight stitch and French knots - to create a pretty picture and matching pincushion. These pieces work up quickly and are suited to beginning stitchers.
Work a simple ornament in mosiac stitch to give it an unusual textural quality.
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.
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 Diagonal Hexagonal is a popular filling stitch worked in large blocks of stitches in graduating sizes.
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 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.
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.
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.
Stitch a classical, geometric design in just 4 colors.
Stitch this needlepoint pineapple two ways - using textured, decorative stitches, or tent stitch. Patterns are provided for both versions.
Rug Canvas is a jumbo-mesh canvas used primarily for floor rugs or large-scale needlepoint projects.
Link to web sites featuring stands for working needlepoint.
Work a colorful needlepoint pattern for a special child.
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.
The Double Parisian is an interesting filling stitch that is suitable for the beginner.
Needlepoint canvas serves as the foundation of your needlepoint project. It is the support structure onto which the design is built using colored threads.
Inspired by a poem written by George J. Carroll, these two pretty bluebirds on their flower perches will surely bring happiness to any room.
African Kente cloth was the inspiration for this colorful needlepoint design.
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.
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,
The Straight Florentine Stitch is a filling stitch worked in horizontal rows of straight stitches.
The Alternating Basketweave is a variation of the Basketweave Tent Stitch, and is worked in two colors.
Needlepoint patterns inspired by the arts and crafts of Central and South America.
Needlepoint designer and artist Felicity Hall has shared this pretty pattern for a colorful butterfly brooch with us. Be sure to visit her biography in the Needlepoint Community area.
Gather your scraps of needlepoint thread and stitch this geometric, super summer scrap buster needlepoint pattern.
The Tressed Stitch is a textured needlepoint stitch that resembles braiding.
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 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.
How to repair a hole in a needlepoint canvas.
Stitch a pretty Wedding Cake ornament as a special wedding day keepsake.
Use this blank page to add your own stitches to your stitch journal.
Needlework Shops and Boutiques in Europe
Needlepoint patterns featuring food and beverages, or kitchen themes.
The acorn is a symbol of patience and an old English proverb states that "Great oaks from little acorns
The Crossed Gobelin Stitch is a highly-textured filling stitch, comprised of a straight vertical stitch topped by a crossed stitch.
Meet Kaffee Fassett of England. Needlepoint.
What is a Stitch Guide? Needlepoint.
Stitch an adorable hummingbird, created by designer Barbara Elmore.
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.