Needlepoint Quick Start


Get the basics here! Welcome to the relaxing art of needlepoint. Experience the pleasure of stitching as you “stop the world” and take some time for yourself. It’s easy, rewarding and fun to do!

A Little About Needlepoint Canvas

Needlepoint is worked on an evenweave mesh canvas. Canvas is available in two styles, the most common and versatile is a single weave Monaco. One stitch is worked over each intersection of canvas for a tent stitch while other decorative stitches can be worked over any number of intersections on the canvas. Your canvas is your groundwork for needlepoint and is often referred to as the ‘ground’. Many needlepoint designs are painted directly onto the canvas, but there are also needlepoint designs that are charted, similar to cross stitch with each square in the chart representing one single stitch.

Needlepoint Toolkit

Prep Your Supplies

Preparing the Canvas

It is recommended that you bind the edges of your canvas with Drafting /Artist tape before you begin stitching. This will prevent the canvas from unraveling and from catching the threads as you stitch. Simply cut a piece of tape the length of one side of the canvas. Apply the tape over the canvas edge, with half of the tape on the front side and half on the back side. Repeat on all four sides of the canvas.
You can attach your canvas to scroll bars or mount it on a frame. Scroll Bars and frames will help keep your needlepoint square and your canvas taut and easier to work. The two main types of needlepoint frames are needlepoint scroll frames and needlepoint stretcher bars. The frames can be held in your hands and either rested on a table or in your lap. If you find it more comfortable you can use a needlepoint stand to hold the frame for you. You can also stitch needlepoint canvas without a frame at all. You might find this easier if it is a small design or if you intend to carry your canvas around with you on the go. Use whatever feels comfortable for you and enjoy!

Thread Your Needle

Follow this handy needle threading guide to thread your needle with the DMC Needle Threader.

Learn how to stitch beautiful popular needlepoint stitches here.