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 [...]

Stitch Direction & Needlepoint – Part 2

Tied Oblong Cross Stitch

Originally posted 2010-02-25 12:53:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter While straight and diagonal stitches cover most needlepoint stitches, there are three other stitch and pattern directions that are quite powerful because they don’t have a strong direction. I often turn to these types of stitches when I need something that is unusual but doesn’t have [...]

Needlepoint 202 – book review

Originally posted 2007-02-03 06:55:18. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRuth Dilts with Joan Lohr, Rainbow Gallery, 2007. In Needlepoint 101, Ruth took us through the process of stitching a canvas with tips, stitch, and several stitch guides. But we wanted more. Ruth has delivered everything we wanted and even more in this second volume. Here the [...]

New Ways with Backgrounds – Tent Stitch

One of the more frustrating aspects of doing needlepoint is coming face-to-face with a large undefined background which needs to be filled. The traditional way to solve this problem is to fill it with tent stitch. And what’s the result? A lovely piece which you may end up abandoning because the background bores you. Now [...]