Skipped Tent Stitch

The Skipped Tent Needlepoint Stitch is often used to add texture, dimension, and visual interest to needlepoint projects. Key features of this stitch:

  • perfect for a situation where a light stitch is preferable for the background, especially if it is a big area to cover
  • needs to be worked always on a diagonal direction

Stitch Details

    Skipped Tent Stitch Instructions & Diagram

    You can see the diagram of this stitch below.

    • Bring your needle up through the back of the canvas at the starting point of your design.
    • Make your first diagonal stitch over the canvas mesh.
    • Continue making diagonal stitches, maintaining the desired spacing between each stitch. The skipped holes create an open or lacy effect in your design.
    • Ensure that your stitches are consistent in length and tension for a neat and uniform appearance. Adjust tension as needed.
    Skipped Tent Needlepoint Stitch Diagram


    Skipped Tent Stitch Variation

    Stitch Details

    • Stitch Structure: Flat, Parallel
    • Related Stitches: T-Stitch, Skipped Tent Stitch, Back Stitch

    Skipped Tent Stitch Variation Instructions

    • Work a diagonal sequence of back stitches (tent stitches in a row) from top right to bottom left
    • Then, perform a sequence of reverse tent stitches above the first row, where the bottom should be perpendicular to the canvas intersection below the stitches made in the first row
    • Repeat steps 1 and 2 as many times as needed
    • This variation will create a T pattern, the main difference with the T-Stitch is that in this one all the one-way stitches are in the same diagonal row and not intercalated as in the T-Stitch

    Stitch Guides where Skipped Tent Stitch is used

    Check out our Stitch Guides where this stitch is used to get some inspiration for your needlepoint project.
    If you have doubts about what stitches to choose for your project - check our Tips to select Needlepoint Stitches or Our favorite Needlepoint Decorative Stitches.
    Happy stitching :)

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