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Basic Needlepoint Stitches
There are three ways of doing what is essentially this one basic needlepoint stitch, and they only look different on the "wrong" side of the canvas. We tell you how to do all three because you might interchange them a bit when you are working a project.
Basic Needlepoint Stitches - How To
First, some general advice on basic needlepoint stitches:
Basic Needlepoint Stitches - Securing The Thread EndWhen you need to change color, or move to a different area of the canvas, or you have used up the yarn and need to rethread the needle, you will need to snip off the thread you have been using. However, you can't just leave it dangling or the stitches will loosen. When you have stitched the last stitch, with the needle on the "wrong" side of the canvas, slide it through the back of 3-4 nearby stitches. This will take the thread behind these stitches and it will be secure. Cut the thread close to where the needle emerges so the canvas looks neat.
Click here for more instructions and tips for starting and ending a needlepoint thread.
Basic Needlepoint Stitches - Instructions
When reading all the stitch guide graphics that follow, you bring the needle up to the good side of the canvas on the odd numbers, and push the needle down to the wrong side of the canvas on all the even numbers.
Left Handed Stitchers. Although the instructions below are not only for right handed stitchers, left handed stitchers can get additional instructions here that might make life easier - and we are all about easy, remember!
Basic Needlepoint Stitches - Half Cross Stitch
The defining factor of this stitch is that it has a vertical stitch on the "wrong" side of the canvas. Start at the top left of your canvas or block of color. Work from left to right in a row across the canvas and then return. To return, No. 9 would be directly below number 8 and No. 10 would be directly below No. 7; No. 11 would then come up in the hole already occupied by No. 7; and so on.
Basic Needlepoint Stitches - Tent or Continental Stitch
To return back down the row underneath, No. 9 would come up in the hole already occupied by No. 5 and No. 10 would go down in the hole beneath No. 7; then No 11 would come up in the hole occupied by No. 3 and No. 12 would go down in the hole below No. 5; and so on.
For more detailed instruction on how, when and why to use needlepoint continental stitch click the link.
Contact us with questions about basic needlepoint stitches.
Basic Needlepoint Stitches - Basketweave Stitch
If you are ready for some more sophisticated needlepoint stitch techniques, click the link.
Want to know how to stitch water in needlepoint? Click here for our needlepoint water stitch tutorial.