Archive for : August, 2016

Adapting Filet Crochet

August 18, 2016Adaptation Standard

The easiest form of needlepoint instruction for adapting other crafts is when the craft is charted and done with square stitches. Charted Crochet on a hooked grid, known as Filet Crochet, fits the bill perfectly, as you can see by the needlepoint adaptation above. This technique uses charts with the symbols for the solid stitchesRead more

Needlepoint Damask

August 18, 2016Needlepoint Techniques, Stitches Standard

When there is so much from which to choose, what needlepoint background stitches do you use? Sometimes a textured stitch is too much, but plain old Tent Stitch is too dull and looks too flat. One solution often used, especially in the 70’s, was Tent Stitch patterns in two different colors. To our eyes, theRead more

Perspective in Needlepoint

August 18, 2016Beginning Needlepoint, Learn Needlepoint Standard

This needlepoint instruction will serve as a guide to help you make good choices of stitches and color to give an impression of space in needlepoint. Achieving perspective in drawing is hard (I never got the hang of it), but taking something painted or drawn for you and making the choices to enhance the perspectiveRead more

Overcast Stitch & Binding Stitch

August 18, 2016Stitches Standard

Use the Overcast Stitch, above, to join two pieces of needlepoint together with a seam which will not show on the finished piece Essentially this stitch is a kind of seam which joins together two pieces of needlepoint. There are two methods of making this stitch. One looks like a big Tent Stitch and theRead more

French Knots

August 17, 2016Stitches Standard

French Knots have not been one of my favorite stitches for needlepoint, I must admit. I’m never sure if I’m doing them correctly, I always worry they will pull through, or have loops where the knot should be tight. Or something else. If you are like me, then there is plenty of help there onRead more