Category : Beginning Needlepoint

Preparing the Canvas

An important first step in learning how to do needlepoint is preparing the canvas. It keeps threads from snagging and protects the canvas edges from fraying. Find the top and bottom of your canvas. Selvages are always on the left and/or right edge. If there is no selvage, unravel one vertical and one horizontal thread.Read more

Stripping Threads

This How to Do Needlepoint summary covers needlepoint threads, how to strip them and reassemble the bundles. Because many needlepoint threads come in multi-stranded bundles, this makes for smoother, better-looking stitching. Decide how many strands you will need for your stitching, It may be some or all of the bundle. Take your length of threadRead more

Frog Stitch or Ripping Out Needlepoint

An aspect of how to do needlepoint which we all encounter is having to rip out your stitches. Sometimes this is called frog stitch or even frogging. You may have seen frog stitching referred to or talked about. If you went to your stitch guides looking for instruction on how to do it. — youRead more

Threading Needles

June 9, 2016Beginning Needlepoint Standard

Threading needles can be frustrating. The hole is too small, the thread frays, you can’t see. Recently I got asked for tips to make this essential task easier. I’ll start with the obvious — are you threading the needle properly? You bring the thread to the needle, not the needle to the thread. That’s theRead more

What Is a Waste Knot?

Waste knots are useful ways to begin new threads. Needlepoint should never have knots on the back of the work. This can often make it difficult to start a new thread. Sometimes, the stitch is too open to have a thread show through. Sometimes you are starting a dark thread when only light areas surroundRead more

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