Uneven stitches on your needlepoint canvas can be as distracting as the pimple that appears the morning of your wedding - it becomes the only thing you can focus on.
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Below, we give you ten tips for how to get even needlepoint stitch tension and ensure your stitches lay smoothly. That way you can avoid the canvas “pimple”. Read on for...
Size 16 needle - 8-mesh canvas
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When you bring the needle up or down through a hole that is already occupied by another stitch, try not to split (pierce) the stitch that is already sitting there. You can use your needle to wiggle out a space for the new stitch to fit into. This is yet another reason to love the basketweave stitch – the needle always comes up in a clean hole. However, basketweave doesn’t go everywhere, and sometimes you might want/need to use a stitch that brings the needle up in an occupied hole. Slow down and make sure you create a place for it.
8. Avoid re-threading your needle halfway across a row.
Whenever you start a new thread halfway across a row, and the thread is secured through the back of the stitches, you can end up with an irregular effect on the front. Starting only at row ends may not be practical on long rows of stitches but where you can, choose to start new threads with a new row.
9. Work your stitches the same way all the time.
For example, if you use a continuous motion needlepoint stitch then use this for the entire color area. Or, if you tend to turn your canvas around to work back across a row, then do this every time.
10. Pierce the canvas at a right angle.
The angle at which your needle enters the canvas and pulls on the thread affects how the stitches sit on the canvas. Piercing the canvas with your needle perpendicular to it will give you beautiful, neat stitches. If you change this angle by changing how you stitch, it will probably show up as an irregularity on the front of the canvas. This occurs especially with lighter thread colors.
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