What is a Diaper Pattern?

Originally posted 2007-11-30 09:25:05. Republished by Blog Post PromoterYou probably think the word “diaper” refers to something babies wear, but it doesn’t. They are called diapers because the fabric often used for them had diaper patterns woven into it. Diaper patterns are geometric patterns which have regular repeats in both diagonal directions. They also generally [...]

Creating a Simple Design

Arts & Crafts Gingko Leaves

Originally posted 2008-01-16 18:15:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Printer’s ornaments (those little graphics you sometimes find at the end of chapters) are a superb source of ideas for needlepoint. They work great as the basis for needlepoint because they generally have simple lines and large areas which look good in stitches. The little piece [...]

Bargello Revisited Back in Stock

Originally posted 2009-06-14 18:15:45. Republished by Blog Post PromoterJust to let you all know, Bargello Revisited is now back at Amazon and available to order there. You can also get it from your local needlework shop and through Nordic Needle. Shops, Rainbow Gallery has an exclusive on the books. All books ordered through them are [...]

Picking Stitches

Originally posted 2003-04-03 17:56:39. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWhenever you buy a painted canvas or when you design your own needlepoint, you will need to pick stitches for it. Here are some simple rules for deciding what stitch should go where. Every canvas, no matter how big or small, should have some areas of tent [...]

Trimming the Tree — Stitching the Tree and Background


Even though the finished piece will be loaded with lots to trim, it will look better if the untrimmed tree looks more realistic. It’s a small thing, but having a variety of colors as the background for the trim will make it pop just that much more. With the changes in color your attention will [...]