Large open spaces on needlepoint canvases allow you to play with more complex stitches and patterns.\nIn recent years the trend in needlepoint has been toward smaller projects. We get it - that instant gratification thing is hard to resist.\n\nHowever, small designs have small stitch areas which makes it harder to build momentum with more fun and interesting stitches, like:\n\nByzantine \nWoven Ribbons\nAlicia's Lace\nStaircase\nOriental\n\nAll of these stitches and many more are described in this wonderful little book...\n\nLarge open spaces are also really good spots for darning and bargello patterns about which whole books have been written.\nAnother book we really like, here at Needlepoint.com, is Painted Canvas Embellishment: An Idea Book, by Carole H. Lake and Michael E. Boren. This book has several pages on "Large Areas" (and lots of other good ideas).\n \nOn a design like this Little Black Dresses canvas, you could add a different stitch to each dress - almost any stitch will work here so you could try ones you haven't found a spot for before.\n\nThese Morocco canvases by Raymond Crawford are already colorful and striking. Embellished with decorative stitches they can be made texturally beautiful as well.\n\n \nThere is plenty of room on these long animal canvases by Zecca (below) to apply darning patterns (let the shading come through) or stitches that need a lot of room to play out and come to life.\n\n Canvases with bold stripes like these ones by Two Sisters are perfect for linear stitches.\n\n Try open stitches and darning patterns for skies and backgrounds - they stitch up quickly and add interest to an otherwise one-dimensional area.\n\n\n\n\n If you're new(ish) to needlepoint and want to try out decorative stitches, then canvases like these that have large spaces are excellent places to practice. \nTip: When using decorative stitches in large areas start your stitch pattern in the middle of the design area. This will center the design and make it look more natural.\nDon't miss another blog post! Follow us on social media and sign up for our email newsletter.