How to Hide Unintended Diagonal Lines – Needlepoint Problem

Careful stitching eletsYOU control the look of multi-colored and shaded threads

Sometimes an area stitched in Basketweave looks fine as you stitch it, but when you look at it, you find – GASP!- that it’s full of diagonal lines where the color or shade has changed. Your finished stitching looks something like this (although I exaggerated somewhat for demonstration purposes): Until recently, I thought this was [...]

Spend your Christmas Money on Classic Needlepoint Books

stimulating stitches

Did you get money for Christmas? Why not spend some of it on the wonderful list of classic needlepoint and embroidery books (lots of Blackwork books) available at Ruth Kern Books? Even if you have lots of books, you’re sure to find some that you just have to have. Better yet, you might even be [...]

Sashiko – November Learn-a-Stitch Owl

Blackwork patterns from Sashiko patterns make this adorable owl.

In this owl I used: Dinky Dyes 149 Mardi Gras Grandeur G836 (green) Elegance E993 (yellow) Kreinik #8 850 Trace the outline of the owl onto your canvas. Remember that the owls and the tip of the top triangle are represented by dots and transfer them as well. From the middle dot, draw two diagonal [...]

Learn a New Kind of Blackwork with this Month’s Owl – Part 1


Sashiko, a kind of Japanese quilting, is the source of the Blackwork patterns in this month’s needlepoint Learn-a-Stitch Owl. That makes him a double whammy; with both a new technique, Blackwork, and a new source of patterns. Today we’ll talk about the techniques and tomorrow we’ll have the instructions. What Is Sashiko? This form of [...]

Scotch Stitch Variations – Learn-a-Stitch Mini-socks

needlepoint learn a stitch mini-sock designed by janet m perry

Originally posted 2011-01-11 07:04:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Make 2011 the year for you to learn stitches and needlepoint techniques with my free Learn-a-Stitch Mini-Socks, running here on Nuts about Needlepoint. We begin the series with Scotch Stitch Variations done in holiday colors of green, red, and gold. This post is long, so here [...]