Jubliee Free Needlepoint Sampler – Textured Stitches

Sawtooth, copyright Napa Needlepoint

Sawtooth can be found in the middle row below Dolley Madison Star. It uses textured stitches. Textured stitches are one of the real delights of needlepoint. They add interest to your canvas, create different impressions and provide the stitcher with a much more interesting project than simply doing Tent Stitch. When using textured stitches on [...]

Five Alternating Diagonal Stitches

canvas copyright Princess & Me, photo copyright NapaNeedlepoint

By picking a stitch that alternates direction, you overcome a common mismatch in needlepoint – when the direction of the stitch is different from the direction of the stitched object. Here’s an easy example for you to think about. Pictured above is the Golden Gate Bridge ornament from Princess & Me. I stitched the background [...]

Pattern Couching – Jubilee Free Needlepoint Pattern

Dolley Madison Star, copyright Napa Needlepoint

This weeks block is Dolley Madison Star and it features pattern couching as the technique. This block is directly below Spool, last week’s block. This technique is an adaptation of an old embroidery technique called Or Nue, where a layer of gold thread is laid down and then the stitching is done over it. Although [...]