This page is all about needlepoint stitch techniques you can use to make your stitching life easier, or to enhance a design by adding a new dimension to it.
Click on the links to take you through to the needlepoint stitch technique you are looking for. Or click the link for basic needlepoint stitches.
We also have a needlepoint stitch library which tells you how and where to use a variety of needlepoint stitches.
If you want your stitches to sit nice and evenly on the canvas, then some needlepoint stitch techniques that ensure you achieve even stitch tension are in order. Find out about creating even needlepoint stitch tension.
Sometimes your fingers can become sore from stitching due to pushing the needle through a tight canvas or just because you've been stitching for minutes or hours at a time. There are some affordable stitching aids you can use that will help.
It can be hard to decide what stitches to put on your canvas. Here are some basic tips.
And here's how we figured out the stitches for this Sunset Safari canvas.
Many needlepoint canvases have stripes as design element. Here's a super quick and super easy way to stitch them.
Many canvases have very thin outlines around some of the objects on the canvas. Should you stitch these in or not?
Learn two easy methods for how to shade needlepoint. Whenever a canvas has areas of graduated color you will need to know how to stitch it without forming a hard line. Learn how to shade needlepoint here.
We give you tips and techniques for how to needlepoint a face so it looks realistic.
Learn about needlepoint couching - a useful and easy technique for laying thread on top of the canvas too define features.
Learn how to create a simple needlepoint flower pattern using a Satin Stitch.
Learn how to stitch water in needlepoint with a needlepoint water stitch.
This is a great needlepoint stitch technique to make your canvas stitch up faster. It is the
"6 Million Dollar Man" of needlepoint stitches (we might be dating ourselves here!). If you use a continuous motion stitch to stitch your canvas you do not have to move your hand from the front to the back of the canvas. The needle is woven in and out on the top of the canvas. But, ladies and gentlemen, you cannot use a frame with this needlepoint stitch technique. If you are happy to substitute speed for tautness (and I gave up being "taut" in my thirties), then this one is for you. Click here for directions for a continuous motion needlepoint stitch.
Needlepoint backstitch is a very useful surface embroidery stitch to learn. It allows you to outline your needlepoint design and provides more definition where it is needed. We use it a lot to outline design features that we want to enhance and that otherwise might blend into the background. It's a surface embroidery stitch you do after you have completed the entire needlepoint design. Click here for information about this easy stitch.
Learn some easy ways to stitch a needlepoint curve so it ends up like a curved line and not a jagged line.
Three ways to apply needlepoint lettering to your canvas.
You can use a basic needlepoint stitch on a penelope canvas, but as this is a double weave canvas, there are some tricks to it. Click the link for more information on how to stitch a penelope needlepoint canvas.
Some boutique or thicker needlepoint fibers can be tricky to get through a needle. Here are some tips.