Basic Needlepoint Stitch


All basic needlepoint stitches are made diagonally over one intersection of canvas threads. These stitches look the same on the front of the canvas-see photo-the back side is what shows the difference. The other needlepoint stitches which slant in different directions and cross several meshes at a time are known as Bargello or canvas embroidery. CONTINENTAL STITCH and HALF CROSS STITCH work rows straight from right to left. Yarn goes from a lower left mesh to an upper right mesh (stitches are diagonal on both sides of canvas). Half cross stitch is worked from left to right. Take a whole stitch through the canvas, needle going in and out on one stitch-see illustration BASKET WEAVE OR DIAGONAL TENT STITCH: (So called because the back of work looks like a basket weave.) Each square on diagram represents one large hole on canvas. Stitches are worked upward and diagonally to the right. Rows are worked diagonally up and down. Broken lines and arrows on diagram indicate direction of rows. Numbers indicate order in which stitches are worked. Except for those holes around outer edge of work, each hole is used twice. At uneven numbers above broken line in each square, bring needle up from wrong side At even numbers below broken line in each square, bring needle down from right side. EXAMPLE: Bring needle up from wrong side at 1, down at 2 from right side for first stitch; up at 3, down at 4 for second stitch; up at 5, down at 6 for third stitch, and so on. To begin an upward row, work first stitch directly below last stitch of previous row-as up at 7, down at 8. To begin a downward row, work first stitch directly to the left of last stitch of previous row-as up at 13, down at 14. To begin a downward row on a left straight edge, work first stitch directly below last stitch of previous row-as up at 57, down at 58. To begin an upward row on a lower straight edge, work first stitch directly to left of the last stitch of previous row-as up at 69, down at 70. CANVAS EMBROIDERY STITCHES

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