Of the myriad of needlepoint stitch combinations, this extensive list features 54 basic to trendy needlepoint stitches that will make your work stand out. They will provide you with many opportunities to work background fills or intricate needlepoint design motifs.
The needlepoint stitches are listed alphabetically to make it easy for you to select those that fit your project. Add the ones that you love to your personal needlepoint stitch library.
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Alternating Basketweave Needlepoint Stitch Variation
When stitched in two colors in an alternating fashion for each row, this diagonal basketweave variation produces a lovely background for a large center design. You can make it super quick and easy by threading two separate tapestry needles—one with each color to use in working the basic basketweave pattern.
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Basic Mosaic Needlepoint Stitch
The basic mosaic needlepoint stitch is one of the most decorative stitches you can use to fill in a needlepoint background or design motif. The stitch is easy to make and forms tiny squares as you work across a design area. It only takes a few minutes to create decorative accents with any type of thread—especially textured novelty ones.
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Basketweave Tent Needlepoint Stitch
The basketweave tent stitch is one of the most often used, and basic needlepoint stitches. It is a member of the tent stitch family and is worked over a single intersection in diagonal rows up and down the needlepoint canvas. It gets its popularity from that fact that the stitch does not pull the canvas out of shape when worked in a project.
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Brick Needlepoint Stitch
This exciting thing about the brick needlepoint stitch is that it resembles bricks as it is worked across the canvas. It is quite versatile; it can be made vertically or horizontally to fit a particular design. The brick stitch is often used as a filler or background stitch. It looks great on needlepoint buildings.Continue to 5 of 54 below.
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Brighton Needlepoint Stitch
If you're looking for an uncommon, highly textured stitch that can be worked in single or multiple colors, look no further. The Brighton stitch makes an absolutely gorgeous and very unique heavy filling or background for a large project including pillows and wall-hangings.
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Cashmere Needlepoint Stitches
The basic cashmere needlepoint stitch is a simple but pretty filling stitch worked in diagonal rows. It is a wonderful introduction to quick decorative stitches and is often used to fill a background area. A variation, the straight cashmere variation, is worked in rectangular blocks.
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Checkered Mosaic Needlepoint Stitch
This needlepoint filling stitch goes by the name of either the checkered mosaic stitch or the mosaic checker stitch, and is made from blocks of the basic mosaic stitch alternating with blocks of four tent stitches. It can be worked in one or two colors for a checkerboard effect.Continue to 9 of 54 below.
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Continental Tent Needlepoint Stitch
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Corduroy Needlepoint Stitch
Trying new stitches can be frustrating at times but the corduroy needlepoint stitch with its vertical rows of two different widths is well worth the minimal effort you will expend to create it. If you want a striped effect in the background of a needlepoint project, work this technique in a single color for a subtle corduroy effect or in two contrasting colors for additional accent and a wallpaper effect.
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Crisscross Hungarian Stitch
The crisscross Hungarian stitch is a textured filling stitched worked in rows of diagonal stitches, with each row facing the opposite direction. A second color of thread is used to fill in the resulting spaces between the rows. This is the perfect area to use a specialty thread such as a metallic or to add a bead.
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Crossed Gobelin Stitch
Work a basic upright Gobelin stitch and top it with a cross stitch for a great stitch combo and stunning variation. Mix and match thread types to create original background fillers with the crossed Gobelin stitch.Continue to 13 of 54 below.
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Cross Stitch for Needlepoint
Made exactly like the cross stitch technique used in other types of embroidery, this stitch provides lots of texture when used in needlepoint designs. It is especially great for working needlepoint rugs and Quickpoint projects. Use it also to make alphabets and lettering stand out from other stitches around them.
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Diagonal Chevron Needlepoint Stitch
For a defined diagonal braiding effect, use the ciagonal chevron stitch. Worked in diagonal rows in two opposite directions, each row can be stitched in alternating colors or every row can be a different color altogether. The sky's the limit with what you can do with this fantastic needlepoint stitch.
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Diagonal Mosaic Needlepoint Stitch
Try working the basic mosaic stitch diagonally across the canvas instead of in straight rows and you'll get a whole new look. When stitched with wool needlepoint thread, you get loads of texture.Continue to 17 of 54 below.
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Double Parisian Stitch
This stitch takes the standard Parisian needlepoint technique to a whole new level. It is worked in double groups of stitches to create even more striking effects in needlepoint projects. Because it is so striking, it should be used sparingly as a background filler or it may detract from the central design.
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Double Straight Cross Needlepoint Stitch
Make the reverse of a Smyrna cross stitch using an elongated, upright cross stitch first, topped by a smaller standard cross stitch, and you will have the double straight cross for needlepoint.
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Double Twill Stitch Variation
The double twill stitch is a twill stitch with two different lengths? Worked vertically in diagonal rows like its single stitch counterpart, it is most often stitched in two colors to draw attention to its striking design. The creative stitch looks great on its own or as a background fill for a pillow or other home decorating accessory.Continue to 21 of 54 below.
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Rows of slanted Gobelin encroach on one another to interlock, forming a dense filling stitch that's perfect for wall-hangings, pillows, and other needlepoint items may that get lots of wear and tear.
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Half Cross Tent Stitch Needlepoint StitchContinue to 25 of 54 below.
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Hungarian Point Needlepoint Stitch
The Hungarian point stitch is a pretty filling stitch. Small vertical diamonds are worked across the needlepoint canvas in horizontal rows. It is often used with other straight stitches to form creative patterns. It works well as a background filler.
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Kalem or Knitting Needlepoint Stitch
The kalem or straight knitting stitch resembles knitting and is perfect as a filling stitch for needlepoint designs with sweaters, scarves, hats and other knitted clothing.
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Knotted Gobelin Needlepoint Stitch
The knotted Gobelin stitch belongs to the Gobelin stitch family of longer needlepoint stitches. It can be used as a pretty filling stitch, or can be worked in borders and rows.Continue to 29 of 54 below.
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Nobuko & Double Alternating Nobuko Needlepoint Stitches
Alternating long and short stitch lengths make the basic Nobuko a popular filling needlepoint stitch. It works up so quickly that you can learn to make it in 10 minutes or less! One of its variations, The double alternating Nobuko stitch is the perfect textured stitch for working basket designs in one or more colors.Continue to 33 of 54 below.
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Oblong Cross Stitch for Needllepoint
Worked just like the basic cross stitch, the oblong variation covers three canvas threads and is worked in rectangular blocks. It is ideal for stitching needlepoint borders and design areas that are rectangular or square.
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This highly-textured filling stitch resembles the outer skin of a pineapple. It can be worked in a single color, or in two colors with dazzling results.Continue to 37 of 54 below.
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Rhodes Needlepoint Stitch
Work the highly decorative Rhodes stitch to accent corners or one or two focal points of a needlepoint design. There are seven variations of this stitch, including Rhodes heart, diamond, star, sheaf, round, pinwheel and more,
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Rice Needlepoint Stitch
Begin with a large basic cross stitch and anchor each corner with a smaller diagonal stitch to form the rice needlepoint stitch. It really starts to look like grains of rice once you've worked several rows.Continue to 41 of 54 below.
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Satin Stitch in Needlepoint
Like its fabric embroidery counterpart, the satin stitch produces a smooth surface. It can be worked in any direction but should cover no more than six canvas meshes at a time or the stitching thread may snag.
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Slanted Gobelin Stitch
To make the slanted Gobelin stitch, you work the upright Gobelin stitch at a slant or slight angle. Use it in the same manner—especially when surrounded by other diagonal stitches.Continue to 45 of 54 below.
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Smyrna Cross Stitch for Needlepoint
The Smyrna cross stitch starts out as a simple traditional cross stitch, with an additional upright cross stitch worked on top. It is similar to the leviathan stitch but smaller. Even so, it creates lots of texture and make a bumpy background filler.
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Straight Florentine Needlepoint Stitch
For a light, airy filling made from vertical stitches that's worked in rows, use the straight Florentine stitch. It looks like elongated Hungarian stitches with single straight stitches in between the diamond shapes.
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Tressed Needlepoint Stitch
The tressed needlepoint stitch produces a fine woven and textured appearance when worked with stranded or fine single ply needlepoint thread. It is ideal for working in needlepoint projects where you would like the canvas to peek through but you need lots of texture for proper coverage.
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Triangle Needlepoint Stitch
A triangular, textured filling or background stitch worked in interlocking rows. Consider using this stitch when working Southwestern or ethnic needlepoint designs.Continue to 49 of 54 below.
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T-Stitch in Needlepoint
The T-stitch is an open, airy needlepoint stitch. It is used as a filler in areas where you would like the canvas to show through. This versatile stitch uses less thread to fill an area than most other filler stitches and looks great worked in specialty threads with glitter or metallic accents; or on needlepoint canvas that has been painted with glitter or metallic paints.
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Wicker Needlepoint Stitch
This stitch is perfect for needlepoint designs with wicker baskets and picket fences. The pretty filling stitch is worked in blocks of alternating vertical and horizontal long stitches.Continue to 53 of 54 below.
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Woven Needlepoint Stitch
Make woven fabric in needlepoint with this specialty technique. It is often used as a light filler stitch for backgrounds and borders. It will remind you of the straight stitches used in creating Bargello needlepoint patterns.
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Woven Plait Needlepoint Stitch
Similar to the T and tressed needlepoint stitches, this woven technique looks more like braiding. The threads are much closer together for even greater texture. If Persian wool is used, hardly any canvas will show through; but you will still have a lovely effect.