Scotch Stitch and Scotch Variations

Scotch Stitch is an easy-to-work stitch that has a wide variety of variations. This stitch can be used to add pretty textured fills to any shape in your needlepoint project. Many of the stitches can be worked in one, two or more colors, and have a very graphic look to them when worked in more than one color. Continue Reading “Scotch Stitch and Scotch Variations”

Hungarian Stitch and Variations

Hungarian Stitch, like Mosaic Stitch, it made from three stitches in graduated sizes. The difference is that Hungarian is worked vertically, rather than diagonally.

This easy-to-work stitch has a variety of variations, which can all be used to add pretty textured fills to any shape in your needlepoint project. Many of the stitches can be worked in two or more colors. Continue Reading “Hungarian Stitch and Variations”

Tent Stitch Variations

Tent stitch is a common stitch used in nearly any type of needlepoint. These stitches are produced when a single stitch is worked diagonally over a single intersection of the canvas.

In addition to the three basic types – BasketweaveHalf Cross and Continental which are discussed in detail on the Basic Tent Stitch page, there are also several variations. Many of these these can be worked in more than one color. Continue Reading “Tent Stitch Variations”

Basic Needlepoint Stitches – Tent Stitch

Tent stitch is a common stitch used in nearly any type of needlepoint. These stitches are produced when a single stitch is worked diagonally over a single intersection of the canvas. There are three types, and each has a different use and degree of coverage. The three types of tent stitch are Basketweave StitchHalf Cross Stitch and Continental Stitch, and while the stitches may look the same on the surface, they are worked differently, and have their own pros and cons. Continue Reading “Basic Needlepoint Stitches – Tent Stitch”

Mosaic Stitch and Variations

Mosaic Stitch is made from small squares of stitching, each containing 3 stitches of graduating sizes.  It’s similar in shape to Scotch stitch, but a bit smaller.

This easy-to-work stitch has a variety of variations, which can all be used to add pretty textured fills to any shape in your needlepoint project. Many of the stitches can be worked in two or more colors. Continue Reading “Mosaic Stitch and Variations”

Stem Stitch

Stem Stitch or outline stitch is commonly used to make a thin outline around a shape. It can also be used as the stems and tendrils in a floral design, and can be made thicker by working the stitch over, rather than along, the marked line.

Stem stitch can also be used as a very pretty filling stitch. This is done by working rows of stitching close together. You can work the filling in the same color, or shade the area using different colors. Keep the length of each stitch the same for consistency when working the filled area. Continue Reading “Stem Stitch”

Autumn Acorn Medallion in Cross Stitch

Free Cross Stitch Pattern - Autumn AcornCelebrate Autumn by stitching this pretty acorn and leaf medallion. The completed embroidery design can be finished as an ornament or as a biscornu – you can even frame it if you prefer. The design is worked in basic cross stitch, with the tendril accents worked in back stitch. It’s quick and easy to stitch and is perfect for the beginning stitcher. Continue Reading “Autumn Acorn Medallion in Cross Stitch”