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Learn how to Needlepoint!
This page will help you get started. Below you will find helpful needlepoint videos,including a great beginner guide to needlepoint, and recommended beginner needlepoint kits.

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  • What is needlepoint?

    Needlepoint is a type of art form where thread is embroidered over a stiff open weave canvas to make a beautiful custom creation. You can create pillows, belts, shoes, purses, holiday ornaments, key chains and so, so much more. Needlepoint is an easy craft to learn and can be easily transported, making it an excellent choice for anyone with a busy schedule or frequent traveler. Of course, nothing beats stitching needlepoint in your favorite cozy chair at home, too!

  • You stitch over an already painted canvas? That seems crazy!

    Many people who stitch needlepoint enjoy the craft for 2 main reasons: 1). it’s incredibly relaxing and 2). you can create a custom piece unlike anything ever created before. If you stitch on a painted canvas, you can stitch exactly over the color, creating a beautiful work of art without having to “think” about it too much.

    For this reason, it attracts different types of artistic people. There are stitchers who want to zone out & calmly stitch a single thread over a painted canvas and peacefully escape from daily stresses – we equate this kind of stitching to “Paint by Number” stitching. It’s wonderful.

    There are also needlepoint geniuses that can take a canvas & place a number of creative, specialty stitches with unique threads and really transform the piece from a single 2D image to a true masterpiece in thread. And there are plenty of us in-between stitchers who want to create something that is truly ours, typically pulling custom colors that will match our home, wardrobe, etc. Sometimes we use calm, relaxing stitches and sometimes we use specialty stitches. But in the end, no matter how you stitch or for what goal, you always end up with something beautiful that you created on your own!

  • What materials are used in needlepoint?

    The basic materials are the canvas, the threads and the needle. You will need scissors, too. A “nice” pair of needlepoint scissors can make a big difference, but aren’t necessary in the beginning – and you can use accessories like needle threaders & stretcher bars to aid in your stitching in the future. For your first few pieces, however, the canvas, threads, needle and a pair of scissors will be all you need to complete your project.

  • What is mesh size?

    Mesh size is the size of the holes on your canvas. If the canvas is 13-mesh, for example, there will be 13 holes in an inch. If the canvas is 18-mesh, then there will be 18 holes to the inch. The bigger the mesh count, the smaller the holes on your canvas.

  • Is mesh size very important?

    The mesh size of your canvas will dictate nearly every other aspect of your project – including your enjoyment of it. Different mesh sizes require different needle sizes, unique threads to that size canvas, and it will affect how well you can “see” the piece. For beginners learning the stitches or for those with waning eyesight, 13-mesh and 10-mesh canvases are recommended. 18-mesh canvas has the smallest holes (and often the greatest amount of detail on the canvas) and is typically more difficult to stitch.

  • What size needle do I use when stitching?

    Canvas Mesh Size Needle Size
    10 #18
    13 #20
    14 #20
    18 #22
    24 #26
  • How do I know what threads to use?

    If you are starting to needlepoint for the first time, an easy way to find the best threads for your piece is with a Beginner Needlepoint kit. We have a range of kits from Beginner to Advanced levels that are easy solutions to pick out a great needlepoint piece & have all of your threads included.

    If you have picked out a canvas that is NOT part of a kit, you’ll need a needlepoint store employee to help you to custom kit the piece. They’ll be able to pick out threads ideal for your stitching level, color scheme, etc. Keep in mind that some threads only work with 13-mesh canvas or 18-mesh canvas, etc. so initially, you will want help selecting the threads for your piece.

  • What types of items can be made with needlepoint?

    When most people think of needlepoint, they imagine a needlepoint pillow on someone’s couch. Needlepoint is SO much more than that nowadays! You can create Christmas stockings, needlepoint belts, holiday ornaments, keychains, bracelets, headbands, shoes, purses and more. And the best part is that each piece is custom to you! Of course, you can make gorgeous needlepoint pillows too.

  • What are the basic stitches for beginners?

    The basic stitches for beginners are tent (or continental) and basketweave. They are similar stitches that involve making a half-cross over the intersection of the needlepoint canvas.

  • Which basic stitch should I do? Does it matter?

    Tent or continental stitch is recommended for smaller areas or when you do not have enough room to stitch basketweave. In all other instances, basketweave is recommended since it will not distort the canvas as much as tent will and is a stronger stitch for the long-term durability of your piece.

  • Where do I start stitching on the piece?

    Purists will tell you that you should start in the upper corners of your needlepoint piece, working steadily down and outwards. We think it’s more enjoyable if you pick a spot on the canvas and start stitching. The world doesn’t end & your stitched piece looks just as beautiful as if you stitched methodically from one specific corner (Trust us! We know!)

    For some, they try to tackle the background first. Others prefer to stitch a part of the design they particularly like. The only general rule of thumb is to place your dark colors first and stitch your lighter colors afterwards. If you stitch your light colors first, your dark threads can possibly bleed into your lighter areas, which creates a messy look with your piece that you probably won’t enjoy. It’s only a suggestion, however, so if you have already stitched your lighter colors first – don’t rip them out. The only thing more painful than childbirth or getting a tooth pulled at the dentist is ripping out your needlepoint stitches. That might be an exaggeration, but it is a painful process!

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