A Needlepoint Stitch for Streets

Threadventure 2018_End of Day in New York City

Hi there!

Are you ready to revisit this week’s destination on the encore Threadventure tour? Great! Hop aboard the Serendipity Express with me and we’ll take our magical virtual vacation bus to our next stop, bustling New York City! There’s always plenty to see and do in the city that never sleeps, so we’ll hit the streets and see what kind of fun we can rustle up. Sound good? 

All aboard for New York City!

And here we are! (WOW…that was quick!)

Welcome to The Big Apple!


Have you ever been to New York? It has to be one of my favorite places to visit, bar none. Fabulous restaurants offer a smorgasbord of great food, brilliant talent lights up the theatre district, and stupendous shopping abounds. 

Strolling up and down the streets of the city, you’ll see all kinds of interesting people, too.

And speaking of streets, let’s dive in and take a look at a super-terrific needlepoint stitch for streets…

The oldest part of New York is at the tip of Manhattan and was originally named New Amsterdam.


Did you know that New York’s first name was New Amsterdam? Colonists from the Dutch Republic settled it as a trading post way back in 1624. And it wasn’t until 1664 that the city and its surroundings came under English control. New Amsterdam became New York after King Charles II of England gave the land to his brother, the Duke of York.

New York actually served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790 and it’s been our nation’s largest city since 1790. That’s why there are so many cobblestone streets in lower Manhattan…people have been living there a looooong time!

The diamond straight stitch is a great choice for cobblestone streets. 

The offset pattern of the diamonds really looks like stone or brick pavers laid in a grid – just like the cobblestone streets you see down near Battery Park.

The diamond straight stitch is a lot easier to work than it looks. Simply follow the numbering/lettering system on the diagram and you’ll be golden! The diamond straight stitch will easily fit in medium size spaces on your needlepoint canvases; flip it on its side and work it horizontally if you want to alter the direction of your stitches.


Diamond Straight stitch is a great choice for stitching paths, streets, and sidewalks on your needlepoint projects.


I’m using Rainbow Tweed to work this stitch.

Rainbow Tweed is “repeat performer”, making its first appearance on the beach at Seaside. I like its matte finish and heathery look for stitching cobblestone or brick paths, streets, or walkways.

I recommend using 2 plies of Rainbow Tweed on 18 mesh and all four plies (or “as-is”, directly off the card) on 13/14 mesh.

Click here to learn more about this versatile cotton/wool/acrylic thread.

I’ll share pictures of my stitched sample over on Instagram. We’ll have a new episode of Serendipi-TV on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.CDT over on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page, too, so please join us!

Now, let’s hop on board the Serendipity Express and hit the road to our next destination…

lovely Lake Michigan!

Until next time, happy stitching…
Stitch with a smile!



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Hi, I’m Ellen. A needlepoint teacher and author dedicated to helping motivated but overwhelmed stitchers at every stage find exactly what they need to stitch with confidence. Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the needlepoint world or you’re ready to take your skills to the next level, I’ve fine-tuned a learning experience just for you.

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