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How To Needlepoint
Are you ready to learn how to needlepoint? We will show you all you really need to know.
By now you hopefully have a design you want to stitch. if not, we have some wonderful needlepoint kits right here on our site.
Read on and watch this video for how-to-needlepoint instructions that won't confuse, fluster or stress you out.......
How To Needlepoint - The Canvas.
Before you start your needlepoint stitches, lay your canvas onto some paper (thick paper or cardboard is best) and draw around the edge of the canvas. We will use this drawing later when we come to "block" your canvas once it has been stitched.
How To Needlepoint - Use A Needlepoint Frame?Should you use a needlepoint frame? The short answer is - if you like! A needlepoint frame will keep your work clean, it will keep your needlepoint taut and make it easier to work, and it will also help prevent some distortion of the canvas. However, using a frame is optional and you can certainly stitch with the needlepoint canvas simply held in your lap. You might find this easier if it is a small design you are working, or if you intend to carry your canvas around with you a lot - take it to dentist appointments, kids sports games etc. So, really, this is a personal preference.
We told you this how-to-needlepoint tutorial would always show you the easy route, didn't we?
The cheapest and easiest frames to use are needlepoint stretcher bars, but there are also scroll frames, lap frames and frame stands. Click on this link for more information about needlepoint frames and then return here.
How To Needlepoint - Choose A NeedleWhen learning how to needlepoint, you will need a tapestry needle. A tapestry needle has a blunt end and a large eye so it is easy (sort of) to thread the yarn through.
You might want to buy a small package of assorted sizes as they are not expensive and you will need different sizes for different projects. The following is a general guide for needle size for each canvas mesh size:
How To Needlepoint - The YarnIf you are stitching a needlepoint kit then you do not need to worry about how much yarn you will need as the kit manufacturer has solved this problem for you. However, if you have to buy your own wool or thread then you will need to work out how much yarn is required. We have a couple of ways you can estimate needlepoint yarn quantities. You might also be confused as to the type of needlepoint thread and yarn to use. Here is some information about the different types of needlepoint thread and where to use it.
How To Needlepoint - Basic Needlepoint StitchesNow we are getting to the fun part - how to make a stitch. Learning how to needlepoint is easy so far, huh?
Click on the link below to learn the basic needlepoint stitches. Come back here when you're done.
How To Needlepoint - Where To Start on the CanvasSometimes it is hard to know where to begin. Here are some quick tips on where to start a needlepoint canvas.
Once you have finished stitching your project, you can bet your last dollar that it will have distorted into a diamond shape. This happens regardless of how perfectly you have made your stitch tension, or even whether or not you used a frame.