Tag Archive: Beginners

Tapestry, Canvaswork, or Needlepoint?

Read enough and you’ll come upon several names for the stitching we do. Tapestry, canvaswork, or needlepoint all look like words for the same thing — but are they? Tapestry Using the word “tapestry” for Tent Stitch needlepoint is fairly common in the UK and Europe, but it came about because of a mistake. Properly […]

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Let’s Talk Plaids!

Plaids may go in and out of style in clothing, but they never go away completely. You’ll always find kilts in traditional tartans, plaid flannel shirts, Madras plaid shorts, and plaid school uniforms. In fact they are so enduring that to many plaids are the iconic fashion pattern. But just because they are iconic doesn’t […]

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Bargello, the Next 25 Stitches Class

When I think back over my decades stitching needlepoint, one thing has remained consistent — stitchers love Bargello. I know so many teachers and stitchers who caught the Bargello bug the way I did, through Elsa Williams outstanding book. I’ve known folks who only stitch Bargello and people who covered all their dining room chairs […]

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Making the Gradient – Mindy Free Stitch Guide

(clearer picture to be uploaded later today) This month’s Mindy free stitch guide shows you a couple of ways you can shade without doing needleblending. The center medallion has single-strand shading, while the background shows a basic gradient. Materials Mindy canvas 1K Neon Rays N102 (white) Kreinik Tapestry (#12) in 4010HL (blue), 014HL (light turquoise), […]

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Do You Have a Car Project?

If you feel frustrated about how much stitching you are getting done, one way to cure this is to have a car project. These small, low-priority uncomplicated projects are something to do when you have only snippets of time. Because they are low-priority, you don’t stress over not doing much. Because they are small, they […]

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Stitching Scattered Colors – Needlepoint Problem

Last week I got questions from a reader about the right way to approach stitching a canvas when the colors are scattered. She’s concerned about two circumstances: when there are several colors in one line when there are individual stitches of one color scattered around You can see both of these in the unstitched canvas […]

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Transform your Needlepoint by Creating your own Stitch Guides

It’s a transformation that never gets old. You see a wonderful canvas and you buy it. You can almost see how lovely it will look stitched — can’t you? Then you get it home and reality sets in. You don’t have a clue how to transform the painted canvas into that stitched masterpiece that lives […]

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Scrap Basket Free Needlepoint Project

This flexible Scrap Bag Needlepoint ™ project uses any square stitch to make a charming woven design. The model creates a quilt that is 17 units by 21 units, but it can be expanded to any size you like. I used Mosaic Stitches as my square stitch, but you could use larger Scotch Stitches in […]

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Why Is there so much Unstitched Canvas around my Design?

If you’ve done other kinds of needlework, you might be surprised by the margins on the needlepoint canvases you buy. Generally these are 1.5 to 2 inches wide. They might include the selvage, but most of the time they do not. In cross stitch and other types of embroidery on fabric the margins are much […]

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Basketweave Tips

Recently the folks at Needlepoint for Fun posted about a problem a customer was having with the back of her stitching. They offered some suggestions and asked readers for others. Today in the guest post, read what they learned. ************* We get lots of inquiries here at Needlepoint For Fun, and recently a customer wrote […]

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Spiff up your Needlepoint for Beginners

Yesterday I was working on “Change Is Bad.” It’s a great canvas for beginners because it’s: small stitch-painted on 13 mesh A beginning needlepointer would be tempted to stitch the whole thing in one thread and all in Tent Stitch. The result, though pleasant enough, won’t have as much texture and excitement as the needlepoint […]

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Changing Needlepoint

In our house we have a saying “Change Is Bad.” This is because of our cats. Perpetual 2-year-olds, cats (and dogs too) like things to be The Same. Feed them at the same time, let them sleep in the same chair, and don’t go away on the wrong day, and they are happy. So when […]

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Don’t Miss Out! Beginner’s Forum Starts Wednesday

All to often if you are beginning needlepoint you get bogged down or discouraged. The class might be too far away or too expensive. The shop you go to may be unfriendly to you or to beginners. You may feel compelled to stitch with ________ (fill in the blank). You may not learn many stitches […]

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A Hymn to a Favorite Stitch

I first learned about T Stitch years ago. It was given it’s name in honor of Tish, one of the founders of Sundance Designs. She loved this stitch and used it on almost every canvas she stitched. It’s easy to see why. Since learning it, T Stitch has become my favorite stitch as well. In […]

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Picking Threads for a Needlepoint Project

I’ve been using the rainy days recently to think about projects, often because it’s just too gloomy to stitch. One of the nicest things I know is taking a canvas and matching up threads for it to give me the effect I want. Today we’ll talk about the method I use to pick out threads […]

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Stopping and Starting Threads

Finding good ways to stop and start your threads can often be perplexing. In a recent blog post, Ruth Schmuff covers three great ways to do this. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Painted Pony Beyond Basketweave Product Review

Painted Pony Beyond Basketweave are hand-painted canvases on large (13) mesh that come with stitch guides. These simple designs are, as it says in the guide, “the second step in learning needlepoint.” They come in many designs, about 3″ square so they are quick to stitch. Each canvas includes a stitch guide. In terms of […]

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Beginner’s Forum Open for Registration

My popular Beginner’s Needlepoint Forum is back! It’s bigger, better, and still the same low price. In the Forum you’ll get: Six months of email lessons, at least two per week Six great free beginner needlepoint projects Three lab sessions Forum-only discounts on products The email lessons cover everything a beginning stitcher needs. Using my […]

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Scrap Bag Tulips Free Needlepoint Project

Creating wonderful quilts from your odds and ends of fabric is a great tradition. These quilts, called scrap bag quilts display a wide variety of colors. It’s a tradition we needlepointers should adopt. How often do we find ourselves a yard or two of thread taking up space in our stashes. With this monthly series […]

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Using Evertite Stretcher Bars

These adjustable stretcher bars are very popular with stitchers. Ruth Schmuff’s blog has an excellent post on how to assemble them. It also shows you how to adjust them and mount your needlepoint to them. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Mindy Mini Stitch Guide – Art Nouveau Tile

To get started on our Mindy Mini Stitch Guide series, we’re starting with this Art Nouveau flower, canvas # 12W from Mindy. These minis are around 2″ square and come in many styles. They are small enough to be finished as charming ornaments. You could also frame several in one frame using a mat with […]

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What Mesh Is It?

A reader wrote in after inheriting some unfinished needlepoint from her grandmother. She’s wondering how to find the mesh, so she can finish it up. It’s reasonably easy, find a tape measure of something clear that has a square inch marked on it. Somewhere away from any edges count the number of threads in one […]

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Christmas Freebies from Napa Needlepoint

Over the 10+ years of Nuts about Needlepoint, I’ve featured lots of free designs. But finding the ones with specific Christmas themes can be hard. Today you’ll find links to many of these, all in handy list form. Designs in Holiday Colors Try-a-Stitch Package Ornament German Feather Tree Holiday Rick-rack Mini-sock Cardinal Quilt Twinchy All […]

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Monthly Subscription Option for Shiny & Bright Club

Are you interested in my new Shiny & Bright Club but you’d like to pay monthly? This club will have a dozen ornaments with at least two stitches each (often more) inspired by vintage Shiny Brite ornaments. The set uses a coordinated set of colors featuring Rainbow Gallery threads that have a great mid-Century Modern […]

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Kawaii (or not) Cupcake –Free Needlepoint Project

This little cupcake has the cute face of Kawaii and it shows off some great threads and textured stitches. It’s quick- to-stitch in your choice of colors. The design is simple but when you fill it with great textured stitches, you’ll get a lively project. If you want to add the smiling face characteristic of […]

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Why Buy Needlepoint Kits?

Sweet Sundays has an excellent post about why you might want to stitch a kit. While I don’t stitch many kits, when I do I really like them because they are stress-free needlepoint. Even if Elizabeth Bradley isn’t you thing, consider a kit for your next project. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016Original content here is published under these license […]

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Color Conversion Charts

It can be immensely frustrating as a stitcher to need to convert from one thread to another. This was brought home to me years ago when I was stitching some cross stitch pieces by Jane Greenoff. The first one I stitched was a kit my mom bought in England. It used Anchor threads. The second […]

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Early Discount on Ornament Club Ends Tomorrow

Have you signed up for the Shiny & Bright Ornament Club yet? This easy peasy needlepoint club has something for everyone. Are you looking for a different look in needlepoint ornaments, one that is distinctive but doesn’t cost a fortune? Do you want to expand you knowledge of stitches while making something beyond samplers? Are […]

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Tips for Stitching on Black

I think it’s a shame but I have come to hate stitching on black. This could be because four of the six ornaments I stitched this year had lots of black. As recently as a year ago I didn’t mind. But now I’m avoiding canvases with too much black. I’m not the only on with […]

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Layered Stitches – Solving the Dyelot Problem Prettily

In the background of my alpaca sheep you can find layered stitches. These make fantastic ways to solve the dyelot problem. What Are Layered Stitches? A layered stitch is any stitch where some stitches cover other stitches, allowing some of the lower layer of stitches to show through. While there are many stitches that are […]

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