Needlepoint Essentials - Supplies and Accessories

Needlepoint Essentials - Supplies and Accessories

As like any other craft, needlepoint requires some materials. In this blog post we will delve into the tools and accessories used in needlepoint, what they are and how they work.  


Tapestry needles

The type of needle used in needlepoint is a tapestry needle, with a blunt point, and a big eyelet, so it allows for thicker threads like wool to fit through. The needles we use with our kits are the John James Tapestry Needles nº18


Tapestry Needles by Unwind Studio



There are many types of threads that can be used for needlepoint, like cotton, silk, wool, acrylic, etc. The most common are cotton, wool and silk and some of the most used brands are Planet Earth Fiber, Rainbow Gallery, Appletons and DMC

 needlepoint threadsTapestry wool by Appletons and Soft Cotton (Retors Mat) by DMC 


DMC Soft Cotton is a light and maleable thread, with a soft texture and matte finnish. It is very versatile and easy to use. This is the type of thread that we use in most of our kits, because it offers a big range of colors to choose from, and we love the soft finish, and how easy it is to stitch with. 

Appletons Tapestry Wool is a sturdier thread, with more texture. It has a very durable finnish, perfect for wearable projects, and for stitching during the colder months.

These are some of the threads we use in our needlepoint kits. Both of them come in a big variety of colors, and are premium quality!



Like the threads, there are many canvas options for needlepoint. As long as it is an open canvas (it has holes), it can have many different mesh sizes/ hpi (holes per inch), dimensions and even colors. Another variant is how the lines of the canvas are intertwined. It can be in the royal or interlocked variation. 

HPI (holes per inch): The hpi or mesh count of a canvas refers to the number or holes in a line, in the measurement of an inch. This dictates the amount of holes a canvas has, and therefore, the size of the stitches (and the space in between them). The most common mesh sizes available are 10, 12, 13, 14 and 18 hpi.

Royal: This is a type of canvas with a mesh of single vertical and horizontal threads, that are layed over or under each other. 

Interlock: This is a type of canvas with a single horizontal thread wrapped by two vertical threads, 'locking' the mesh at intersections. This is the type of canvas that we use in most of our needlepoint kits! We love how it performs when stitched, and how resistant it is. 

The canvases can also be mono or double, meaning the mesh is made of one or two threads on each direction. 


 Needlepoint canvas

 Browse the different types of blank needlepoint canvases that we sell here!



Other tools: scissors, frame, etc

Here are some other needlepoint tools and accessories that are useful when practicing this craft. Browse our Needlepoint Accessories collection to find some of these items:



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