• Sunday , 24 September 2017

Needlepoint Stitches and Stitch Variations

Needlepoint Stitches - (c) NeedleKnowledgeDid you know there are thousands of needlepoint stitches and stitch variations? Every time an existing stitch is modified – perhaps the length has changed, or it has been worked in two or more colors for variety – it is considered something new, and in my case, diagram worthy. These new stitches are being developed every day.

Below you will find an alphabetized list of basic needlepoint stitches. Click on each parent stitch to be taken to the page that features that particular stitch. On that page you will also find the variations of the stitch.

Keep in mind that some stitches may appear in more than one location, which is often the case of composite stitches, or stitches that are made by combining two or more stitches.

Also note that this page will always be a work in progress. If the link does not yet exist to the stitch you need, it will be there shortly (or you can send me a message using the form below).

I’m sure you’ll find just the right stitch for your next project on these pages. And remember that this site is optimized for mobile use. That means that as long as you can access this site from your smart phone, you have access to the stitches. There’s no need to download or pay for an app!

NOTE: Each day I will add more diagrams and the blank links will be made functional. There’s only one of me and I’m creating the diagrams as fast as I can…  :-)

Needlepoint Basics:
Needlepoint Stitches – Alphabetical by Name

Additional Stitches will follow…




  1. Karen
    January 31, 2015 at 4:47 am - Reply

    I am looking forward to the development of the bargello stitches as so little information on Bargello is out there!

  2. Leigh
    February 7, 2015 at 5:53 am - Reply

    I am so glad I found your webpage. I’m starting to teach myself new stitches and this page is my new “go to.”
    It would be helpful if each stitch had the stitch numbers added to help me get started. It is also very helpful to have the already stitched sample photo.
    Thank you for creating this easy to use resource.

  3. Marlene Aparecida Denmboski
    June 3, 2015 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Sou brasileira e não falo nem escrevo em inglês mas faço questão de parabenizá-la pelo site e por sua generosidade em compartilhar seus conhecimentos. Parabéns!

  4. Sharon Awbrey
    July 28, 2015 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Don’t know if you want to go to this much trouble, but I am relatively new to needlepoint and what would be extremely helpful to me is learning what stitches to use where. Which is best for backgrounds, clothes, stones, flesh, etc.

  5. Sandra Popek
    August 16, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Wonderful site!

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  7. Kim Doheny
    August 18, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    So wonderful to have a reference point when one forgets the specific stitch. Thanks!

  8. Mary Alice
    August 19, 2015 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I gave up needlepoint point for about 20 years, because the best Persian wool became too expensive for me to use and my vision deteriorated so much I couldn’t do the kind of projects I wanted to do. Cataract surgery restored my vision, and I am back to designing 3 dimensional needlepoint projects.
    For my 3-5 stitch per inch scale model buildings I now use embroidery floss and 14 SQUARE holes per inch fiberglas window screening. Not all window screening holes are square the brands that are not can be used, but with complicated building shapes, fitting the pieces can be a nightmare.
    I appreciate the stich samples you are doing and plan to make samples of each of your stitches to recover my skills.

  9. Marge Iverson
    August 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Any one in Rochester, mm. That does needle point?

  10. Donna Frank
    September 21, 2015 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Love this site. Thank you

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