Fundamentals of Needlepoint

Stitch diagrams are like roadmaps that guide you along needlepoint stitch pathways

Needlepoint Stitch Pathways – Why You Need To Know

By Ellen Johnson / October 16, 2019

Do you know what needlepoint stitch pathways are? (It’s okay if you don’t – that’s what we’re gonna talk about here today.) Before we dive into this week’s topic, though, let’s start by defining stitch diagrams. A stitch diagram is an illustration that shows you the individual parts of a canvas embroidery stitch (aka, decorative … Read more

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Florentine Bauble by Kirk and Bradley Designs

Basketweave and Weird Shapes

By Ellen Johnson / November 15, 2018

Have you ever been stumped by how to work a diagonal tent stitch (a.k.a. basketweave) background around a bunch of weird shapes? Or even how to stitch those irregular shapes in the first place? Well, fret no more! I’m here to help – and I’ll share some tips that you can use on canvases both large … Read more

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Choosing the Right Needle

By Ellen Johnson / July 26, 2017

Last time, we chatted about choosing threads for your canvases so, today, we’re going to talk about needlepoint needles. A tapestry needle is the needle of choice for working needlepoint. It’s a blunt-tipped hand sewing needle with an elongated eye. The large eye can hold thicker needlepoint yarn or multiple strands of needlepoint thread. The rounded end allows the needle to slip between … Read more

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