Needlepoint FAQs

Even though needlepoint may seem like a relatively easy kind of embroidery to do since it is supposed to be done on a canvas, there are various elements of this art that you need to keep in mind. Cross stitch is not the only kind of stitch that is included in this kind of work and as you progress you will find that there are a lot of other stitches that you can use to create a variety of patterns.

Starting from the three variations of the tent stitch, there is also the T stitch, the nobuko stitch, the double alternating nuboko stitch, the alternating basketweave stitch and the diagonal chevron stitch. Each of these requires a fair amount of practice and understanding to perfect.

In addition to that there is also the need to understand the various kinds of canvas and threads that are available for use in needlepoint and the right ones to use for the right project.

How can you select the stitch to use in a pattern when doing needlepoint?

There are a large number of needlepoint stitches that you can choose from. The basic types of needlepoint stitches are the tent stitches - continental, basketweave and half cross stitch. However, there are also others like the alternating basketweave, the T-stitch, the nobuko stitch, the diagonal chevron stitch, the woven plait stitch, the tressed stitch and more. The one thing that is common in...


Can you name and describe some of the uncommon stitches used in needlepoint?

The most common stitch names that you are likely to hear in needlepoint are the different types of tent stitches and their variations. However, there are a large number of stitches that you can practice and learn. Here are some of them and their descriptions. The triangle stitch gives a textured filling with the background of straight stitches and a triangle in the front. The pineapple stitch is...


Can you provide some tips for doing needlepoint embroidery?

It is important to know that almost all the stitches that are used in needlepoint are slanted up to the right. While there are some people who prefer to slant their work towards the left too. The only thing is that the right slant is the more commonly used direction and you are likely to find instructions with regards to this direction alone. Therefore you would be better off practicing the same...


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