Needlepoint is normally done on a special type of canvas that is loosely woven and very often has a design hand-painted onto it whereas cross stitch is done on linen fabric using a chart and counting threads. Needlepoint can employ a variety of stitches whereas cross stitch employs primarily just one stitch – the aptly named “cross stitch” which looks like an “X”.
Needlepoint and embroidery use many of the same stitches except that needlepoint is done on canvas while embroidery is done on linen fabric and does not, unlike most needlepoint, cover the entire ground fabric. Needlepoint often utilizes a hand-painted design on canvas whereas embroidery is done either freehand or as fill-in of an area that has previously been outlined.
What is bargello?
Bargello is a form of needlepoint that involves the use of straight up-and-down stitches. These stitches step up and down the canvas in rows of different colors. Bargello is a wonderfully relaxing and creative endeavor. You would be surprised at the amazing number of designs that can be accomplished using just a straight stitch, a simple pattern and a variety of colors.
What is the difference between Basketweave and Continental and why would I choose one stitch over the other?
Continental and Basketweave are both “tent stitches”—that is that they are both a series of right-leaning stitches that go across one intersection of the canvas threads from the lower left to the upper right. Both Continental and Basketweave have the same appearance when viewed from the front side of the canvas. How they look on the back side doesn't matter because no one will see the back side when the project is finished.
Basketweave has some advantages over continental stitches. Continental stitches tend to pull the canvas out of its desired square shape. Basketweave does not do this to the canvas. Basketweave are more durable so, for example, if you are creating a seat cover for a chair that people would sit on, basketweave would be the better stitch to use.
Do I need to learn a lot of different stitches before I can start needlepointing?
No you could just start with a simple continental stitch or a basketweave stitch. Once you get comfortable with that, you could try exploring other stitches. Our staff would be happy to show you how to do those new stitches.
Needlepoint is categorized by the number of threads per linear inch (vertically or horizontally – they will be the same). When one refers to 18 mesh canvas they are describing a canvas that has 18 threads, or holes, per inch. This is considered a fine mesh size.
Many designers and stitchers like 18 mesh canvas because they can achieve good detail on it, with attractive smooth curves. However it can be difficult to see without good light or even magnification. Ten mesh canvas is considered large and is suited mostly to larger projects such as rugs. Note: the lower the mesh number the faster a project can be finished.
A compromise between detail and speed of stitching is 13 or 14 mesh canvas which is the size normally recommended for beginning stitchers. If your vision is a little weak, this can be a good compromise.
What is a good beginner’s needlepoint project?
A good beginner’s project is one that is not too large in size, does not have too many colors and comes on a larger size canvas mesh (13, 14, 12 or 10 mesh). If this is your first project it’s best to not be overly ambitious. The other canvas can wait. Start with something small and simple. Build your confidence and work gradually toward that 18 mesh version of some dazzling project.
Do we sell knitting yarn, needles and other supplies?
Yes! We Absolutely do. Come and see our vast supply of knitting supplies.