Starting needlepoint may seem intimidating due to various concerns that can act as barriers to start for some beginners. However, this is actually a simple and highly rewarding activity, since it is easy to learn and has so many benefits for mental health and well-being.
In this blog post, we will show practical solutions and advice that you can use if you want to start needlepoint but have some fears or barriers that seem too difficult to overcome. These are common, so don't stress it too much.
But first, let us tell you about how cool is Needlepoint!
Needlepoint is just like painting with threads - where you follow a printed canvas, and there's no need for counting (when compared with cross-stitch). You can just enjoy the process, similarly to the popular paint-by-number concept. It's not only de-stressing but stitching a printed canvas is also very easy and anyone can do it, no matter the level of experience with needle and threads!
Common Needlepoint Barriers VS Solutions
I think Needlepoint is very difficult
Some people may be interested in needlepoint but find it too complex. However, while it may seem daunting at first, needlepoint is actually a very approachable craft and not hard at all to learn. There are many small and easy beginner-friendly kits you can choose from and lots of free learning resources available like stitch video tutorials, tips & tricks and stitch guides to get inspired!
Needlepoint is an easier craft when compared to others (like Cross-Stitch, for example) since it doesn't require counting and you just simply follow the colors printed on the canvas. We recommend you check our How to Needlepoint Tutorial to learn every step :)
If you don't know how to start stitching and it seems too difficult, you can also check out our recommendations on Basic Needlepoint Stitches for Beginners!
I can't make time to needlepoint
Many people feel like they don't have enough time to start a new hobby like needlepoint, but even if it's just swapping screen time with needlepoint for 10-15 minutes a day, it can have a great impact on one's daily routine.
We might be biased since taking Time to Unwind is what we preach, but we really do believe it is so valuable to take care of ourselves and take our pleasure seriously. Breaking our 24/7 fast-paced rhythm is not only beneficial, but it is necessary for our own sanity nowadays - and needlepoint can be the perfect excuse to disconnect and relax, even if it is just for a little bit. Plus, consistency is key: the more you stitch, the more confidence you'll build to keep crafting!
Needlepoint is too expensive
As a whole, craft hobbies can normally be incredibly expensive but needlepoint is surprisingly affordable if you go for the following suggestions and tips:
- Opt for printed canvas instead of hand-painted ones. They are much more affordable and with amazing quality.
- While some supplies can be costly, there are many ways to keep your costs down. Needlepoint requires only a few supplies (blunt tapestry needles and embroidery scissors) and threads: DMC Perle Cotton or DMC Retors Mat (Soft Cotton) are a great option if you’re looking for low-budget fibers.
- Opt for smaller projects, meaning you’ll only need small quantities of each supply, helping to minimize the overall cost. Check out our selection of small needlepoint kits.
- Additionally, there are many free patterns available online and in books, so you don't have to spend a lot of money on patterns to stitch!
- Lastly, you can look for deals and sales to save money on your projects! Check out our Final Few section for a discount price on some of our kits or sign up to our newsletter and get updates on all of our campaigns :)
I need to be an artist to needlepoint
It is a common misconception, but you don't have to be a natural artist or a super creative individual to enjoy needlepoint, everyone can do it - it's just like painting with thread! Many needlepoint patterns are very straightforward and can be completed regardless of these traits. Plus, you can always start with simpler designs and work your way up to more complex ones. With some practice, you may even find that you have a hidden talent for design and color selection and that you are creative and artistic after all.
I get easily frustrated
When starting something new, it is very easy for our brains to convince us that we are not good at it and that we're doing everything the wrong way. It might even be the case that you are actually quite good at needlepoint but you convince yourself otherwise and feel frustrated - this is called imposter syndrome and unfortunately, it is increasingly common.
If this is your case, take it easy. You are doing an incredible job just by starting and learning something new, and should feel proud for taking the time to do something for yourself! No one starts out being perfect, it is a process and a journey - embrace the mistakes and enjoy the ride. In case you need help getting started, send us your doubts and concerns and we will keep making content to help you feel motivated to continue crafting.
Though it may seem complicated and too time-consuming, here we have put it in a simpler way: needlepoint is easier than most people think! If you put this advice into action, you'll unlock the joy and satisfaction of needlepointing. With practice, patience, and a willingness to learn, anyone can become a skilled needlepointer and enjoy this wonderful and rewarding craft.
So, whenever you think that:
- needlepoint is too difficult -> start with small and simple projects
- you don't have the time -> it's worth it to take 10-15min to invest in your hobbie
- Needlepoint is too costly -> opt for printed needlepoint canvas and look for sales or free materials online
- I'm not artistic/creative -> No need for artistic skills!
- I get easily frustrated -> keep in mind that mistakes will happen and are completely normal, practice makes perfect :)