As we are all about keeping it simple and telling you only what you really need to know, here's an important tip. If you have only done a few stitches wrong - say, 5 or 6 or less - then the easiest way to rip out needlepoint in this instance is to simply reverse the stitching. To do this you put the needle back into the hole(s) it came from to "unwind" the stitches. I actually find the best way to do this is to take the needle off the yarn and then use the tip of it to unhook and pull the stitches through. Then I thread the needle up again and continue merrily on my way.....
Disclaimer: The needlepoint "police" will tell you that you should not re-use yarn that you have unwound or ripped out. We never listen to the needlepoint "police". Inspect the yarn before you stitch with it again, and if it looks OK then you can probably re-use it. Sometimes, however, it can get split when you are ripping it out, or otherwise start to look a bit messy. In this case, tie it off and start again with a fresh piece. Some of the special fibers like silks and velvets do not take well to being re-used, but sturdy tapestry yarn is usually fine.
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What happens if you cut your needlepoint canvas while ripping out stitches? No problem. We have step by step instructions for a quick and easy way to repair cut needlepoint canvas.