Tag Archive: Beginners

Needlepoint Letters: An Easy Trick

Letters can often be the focus point of a needlepoint piece, such as the Cooper Oaks piece pictured above that I’m currently stitching. But there is a problem that occurs whenever lettering covers only one thread. You can easily get letters with gaps in them. That happens because Tent Stitches, unlike Cross Stitches, have a […]

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Tips for Better Backs on your Embroidery

I must admit that I’m middle-of-the-road about the back of my embroidery. I’m not the permissive sort who says that the backs don’t matter and will stitch any old way. I’ve have seen too many projects look not as good as they could when this approach is used. But then again I am not so […]

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The Patterned Tent Project Pack Review

Finger Step Designs, 2015. Distributed by Custom House, $18. Another in the series of inventive project packs combined with stitch dictionaries, this one focuses on things you can do just with Tent and Reverse Tent. With almost 150 patterns using two or three colors, this pack gives you fantastic ideas for enlivening areas that use […]

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Modern Needlepoint Book Review

Jayne Schofield, Twenty to Make Series, Search Press, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-78221-226-3, $9.95 The book, written by children’s book illustrator Jayne Schofield, is one of the few needlepoint volumes in Search Press’s Twenty to Make series. This represents something of a new direction for the publisher which used to write short but in-depth books on many […]

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Overwhelmed by UFO’s?

Do you have too many unfinished projects sitting around? I know I do. Then you might want to try the 3-2-1 rule to get them completed. Michele of Bristly Thistle explains it in this blog post. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Simple Cacti Box Free Design

Even if you have not stitched before you can make this charming Cacti Box using floss, paint, and a box with pre-drilled holes in the top. The tutorial is from the blog Delineate your Dwelling. If I was making it I’d do a couple of things to customize it. First I would look for a […]

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How to make an 80’s inspired side ruffle knit skirt DIY

Here is a new, modernized spin on an 80’s skirt – the side ruffle knit  skirt perfect to dress up or down this upcoming season. Supplies + Instructions: All you need is 1.5 to 2 yards of light to med weight knit fabric that has good stretch. Make 2 rectangles or squares depending on the length

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How to Stitch the Challenging Background

A canvas such as this Raymond Crawford bell looks like it will make great needlepoint with its contrasting colors and bold modern style. And indeed it will — if only your can figure out what to do with the background. The background is broken up into sections with broad curving lines. They make the piece […]

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Does Stitching in Sunshine Make a Difference?

I been stuck for awhile on my current project, this chocolate chip cookie from Little Shoppe Canvas Company. It’s easy enough to see the chocolate chips but the cookie is two colors close in value in irregular blobs. They can be hard to see. First I tried stitching it in my usual evening stitching chair […]

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Open Stitches and Shadow Stitching

The idea of leaving some canvas threads unstitched or stitching with threads that are thinner than what is needed to cover the canvas can be confusing to beginning stitchers. When we learn needlepoint one of the first things we discover is that in needlepoint, unlike in Counted Cross Stitch, everything, including the background, is stitched. […]

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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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