• How To Stitch Needlepoint To Finish Into An Ornament

    When stitching a needlepoint canvas to finish as an ornament here are a few things you should know.

    1. Ornaments With Smooth Edges

    If your ornament has regular, smooth edges (a round, a square or a rectangle) stitch an extra row of background all the way around. The finisher will take one row of the stitching when neatening the edges, so stitch one row beyond what you want to see on your finished ornament.

    Stitch this extra row in tent stitch, even if you have used decorative stitches on the background. As with this super-cute flamingo ornament, below, you won't see the tent stitched row as it is concealed in the finishing.

    How to finish a needlepoint ornament

    2. Irregular Shaped Ornaments

    If your ornament design has nooks and crannies you need to smooth these out. Some canvases come with an outline already drawn on the canvas to help you with this.

     how to stitch a needlepoint ornament for finishing

    If this outline isn't there, simply stitch 3-6 rows all the way around.

    Stitch these extra rows using a tent stitch and any color you like. Keep in mind these rows will not be hidden in the finishing and will become part of the design.

    how to stitch a needlepoint ornament for finishing

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  • Comments on this post (12 comments)

    • Catherine Walker says...

      This has been helpful in helping me finish my ornament. Thank you for showing how to outline an ornament 😊🧵.

      July 29, 2021

    • Judy says...

      Thanks. Great help🤗

      March 04, 2019

    • Virginia says...

      Love this article! Thank you!

      February 13, 2019

    • Deb Bogard says...

      Very helpful!

      February 13, 2019

    • Linda C. Witmer says...

      Thank you for all the helpful helpful pointers.

      February 13, 2019

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