Needlepoint Stitches A-Z …and seriously THIS is just the beginning!

Needlepoint Stitches A-Z….and seriously THIS is just the beginning!





Many of my friends know how I just love to travel, they also know that I LOVE to dive into any new craft, project, idea, challenge… especially one that I’ve picked up on my travels!  Ask my mom, she has seen me try my hand at everything from rock tumbling and jewelry making to opening a handbag company to fabric dying to photography and painting!  With this in mind you can understand why my friends amazed that I’ve become addicted to one thing…Needlepoint.  Needlepoint has completely captured me because working on a needlepoint canvas is like combining all of the above mentioned passions into one!  Between picking out the perfect canvas image, mentally debating over each fiber and then painstakingly selecting individual stitches, the options are absolutely endless – and I mean endless!!!  Endless, addictive fun!


Right now I am working on four different canvases (yes I said four….and I know I am not the only one!).  The exciting part about each of these projects is that I get to keep running back to my Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito as well as the various stitch applications I have on my computer and pick stitches!  It’s so fun to create a sky using Nobuko, dog fur using interlocking gobelin and a collar with vertical brick.  This process inspired me to write a blog (my version of a love song to needlepoint and its creators) about my favorite stitches.  So, I’ve picked out some of my favorite stitches from A-Z and I will share a group of them with you in each blog post.  Keep in mind this is list is no where close to complete!  Iwould be writing for years to cover each and every fabulous stitch!  Todays blog post is just a start!  In this post we will cover stitches A-E.  I hope you have as much fun reading this – and better yet trying these stitches as I have.




Alicia Lace Stitch – this is primarily used for clothes, backgrounds & animals, small or large areas

Start by making diagonal lines on the canvas by making backstitches.  Each row should be worked from the top of the canvas towards the bottom.  After the area is complete, work the fill-in rows like the first but this time the stitches should slant in the opposite direction.




Barred Beetle Stitch – best for foliage and backgrounds.  Be careful to use this stitch for a framed piece, as the top stitches will snag.  Give thought to the color of the contrasting stitch as well as the other colors in your piece.


Lay the horizontal stitches first.  (Red lines)  When this is finished, insert the three blue, upright stitches.  You may wish to stitch the middle first and then the outer two.  This will let the threads lay flat on the canvas.

For extra interest, try using a contrasting thread for the bar.  A different thread such as metallic braid, Sparkle Rays, Neon Rays or Ultra Suede will create incredible contrast.



Cross Tied Gobelin Stitch – best used in stripes, fields and borders.  This stitch can be done with one color or two.  Using two will give the stitch more pop and contrast.


The crosses add a dimensional effect, leading the eye horizontally.  Two colors help to show the stitches.  If you do not want the white canvas to show, first paint the area to match the thread.

To create, first work the long parallel lines (green) and then insert the crosses. (blue)



The Diamond Eye Stitch – best used for isolated stars in the sky, flowers or pinwheels.

As an isolated stitch, Diamond Eye can be used as flowers – either representing real flowers or a floral pattern on the canvas.


To create Diamond Eye, start at the number one position on the graph.  You will make your first corner of the eye as 1-A, 1-B and 1-D.  Travel to number 2 and create 2-A, 2-C and 2-D.  Your next group will be at the 3 position and after working in the same manner as the other three corners your diamond eye is complete!



The Emily Stitch – (in honor of my mom) – mostly used for clothes or rolling hills.


Emily is worked by stitching the large crosses first.  (blue crosses)  When you have finished this, insert the long and short oblique and horizontal stitches together as you travel down the row.

Black dots on the graph can be French knots or beads – I have done it with beads in a contrasting color and it turns out looking spectacular!

The journey has just begun – think of this as just packing your bags for a global adventure…. So many more stitches to come.  Next time we will look at some of our most beloved stitches starting with letters F-J.  Visit for more blog posts, tips, tricks and exciting news regarding the world of needle arts.  Until then keep your needle close and your mind ready for a new stitching adventure!