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Question Mark Needlepoint Darning Pattern

Needlepoint darning patterns date back to the days when we used to darn our clothes. Few people probably do this nowadays, but darning patterns are still used a lot in needlepoint and embroidery. Why? Because they're pretty and illustrative - like the question mark needlepoint darning pattern we've created here.

question mark needlepoint darning pattern how to

All darning patterns use a running stitch. This is just a long darning stitch of varying lengths that you weave in and out of canvas or cloth. You'll want to thicken your thread so you get good coverage, and we also recommend making your thread lengths a bit longer than normal - darning patterns use up thread quickly, and you won't want to be stopping and starting too often. On that note, start and end your threads at the beginning of rows - never in the middle. We provide some references for darning patterns - how to do them and more pattern ideas - at the end of this article.

did i eat that needlepoint

But first, let's get on with our questionable darning pattern. We created it for the background of this D.I.E.T. canvas, thinking it would be an interesting and illustrative way of stitching the canvas. Also, we knew it would stitch up really really quickly, and let's face it, who doesn't want to be onto their next project? A darning pattern uses lots of long stitches and leaves much of the canvas open, so it covers ground in a hurry. A big thumbs up to that!

This is the pattern we created....

question mark needlepoint darning pattern
Start at top left and weave the thread in and out of the canvas following the pattern above, tying off at the ends when you know you won't have enough thread left on your needle to complete another whole row. We are only showing a few rows of the pattern , but of course you would extend this pattern to fit the space you have.

And here's what it looks like when it's partially stitched (we're still working on it) ...

how to do a needlepoint darning pattern in the shape of a question mark

The D.I.E.T. was stitched in basketweave and we used a Wrapped Back Stitch for the 'did I eat that?'

This question mark needlepoint darning pattern is ideal for a background - in fact, that's where most darning patterns are used. You might want to create your own needlepoint darning patterns to illustrate a design you have.

There are some excellent resources available about needlepoint darning patterns. Two books we can recommend are:

it is about darn time book about needlepoint darning patterns
It Is About Darn Time by Sharon G. This useful resource contains large graphics that are easy to read and lots of pattern ideas. We have a review on this book here.

 Suzy's Darn Stitches. * A spiral-bound book
that illustrates a number of darning pattern options.

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Whether you're using a darning pattern you've created yourself, or stitching one of the many patterns that experts before you have created, we think you'll appreciate this fast, easy and attractive way of illustrating a needlepoint canvas.


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