With the knowledge and practice of only a few types of needlepoint stitches, you can create most needlepoint projects!
As a needlepoint designer, I am interested primarily in the design and yarn colours of the final needlepoint tapestry.
Purposely my designs are generally very graphic in nature, so only the basic stitches are required!
There are, of course, hundreds of needlepoint stitches for you to try, but these basic stitches are all you need to get started.
TIPS FOR AN EVEN FINISH
If you are a needlepoint beginner, here are a few tips for creating an even finish and a reasonably straight canvas, before you start:
So stay loose!
The basic TENT stitch can be worked three different ways:
▪ the continental technique
▪ the basketweave technique
▪ the half-cross technique
This photo shows you the beautifully even finish of the tent stitches when done correctly.
Please note that the right side of the tapestry looks the same with all three techniques, but the appearance on the back of the work and the resultant quality vary.
There are two Decorative Stitches that I have included here, because they were important to the overall design effect of these particular needlepoint tapestries.
THAT'S ALL THE NEEDLEPOINT STITCHES YOU NEED TO MASTER TO GET STARTED!
So relax in a comfortable chair, with some good lighting, in a quiet corner, with some favourite music and give it a go! You won’t regret it!
Go to How to Do Needlepoint to understand the basic steps for creating a needlepoint project.
Go to Guide to Needlepoint Supplies for a check list of the materials you will need, including needlepoint frames.
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