Ideas for Stitching Hair

vintage kid christmas ornament in needlepoint, class by needlepoint expert janet m. perry

One of three vintage kids ornaments from a class for Art Needlepoint

I always have problems stitching hair. It constantly baffles me and tests the boundaries of my creativity. Throughout this post, you’ll see some the pieces I’ve done with hair.

But on this post, you’ll find several great ideas, done in free embroidery.

Here are some of the techniques I like for hair.

angel of love needlepoint ornament, showing french knots for hair, class by needlepoint expert janet m. perry

One of three vintage kids ornaments from a class for Art Needlepoint

French Knots are my favorite for curly hair. If you don’t want the “poodle perm” look, stitch first with a thinner than normal thread. Then do French Knots over. This means you don’t have to pack in the knots and can make them looser.

wicked needlepoint, designed by raymond crawford, stitch guide by needlepoint expert janet m. perry

Wicked, canvas by Raymond Crawford, use encroached Gobelin for the hair

Encroached Gobelin I love this oblique Gobelin stitch for wavy hair. You can make it different lengths. A diagram for one variation of this stitch is below.

encroached gobelin needlepoint stitch, diagrammed by needlepoint expert janet m. perry

teacher picture frame needlepoint, designed by sandy grossman-morris, stitch guide by needlepoint expert janet m. perry

Side-by-side couching is used for the hair in this Sandy Grossman-Morris picture frame canvas

Side-by-side Couching You may have done couching in a single line, but did you know that you can make parallel lines of couching to create straight or wavy hair? Just be sure not to make the couching stitches next to each other and to use matching couched and couching threads.

Please note: The canvases in this post are from classes or stitch guides designed by me. Please contact me for details if you are interested in any of them

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>