When stitching a needlepoint canvas to finish as an ornament here are a few things you should know.\n1. Ornaments With Smooth Edges\nIf 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.\nStitch 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.\n\n2. Irregular Shaped Ornaments\nIf 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.\n \nIf this outline isn't there, simply stitch 3-6 rows all the way around.\nStitch 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.\n\nIf you have found this information helpful, be sure to sign up for our emails. They come out once or twice a week and keep you updated with sales and special offers, new design releases, and useful tips like these!\nAt Needlepoint.com we're with you every stitch of the way - so let us know how we can help.