How to Needlepoint

Are you new to Needlepoint? Do you want to learn it and have some fun while unwinding?

Learning a new hobby or a new craft might be daunting, if we don't have the right learning materials. The practice might be easy (and it is, trust us!), but we all need some instructions to get us started and we are here to help you!


Here are the stitching instructions you need to get started! Watch our video tutorial, where we show you each step in detail.

Step 1: Cutting some thread

Cut a piece of thread not longer than 50cm (20’’). Due to the continual backwards and forwards movement through the canvas, the thread will wear gradually until it is much thinner than it was originally. If you are working with a small stitch (like tent stitch) it is advisable to use a shorter length.

Step 2: Threading the needle

Fold a bit of one of the ends of the piece of thread over the eye end of your needle and holding it tightly between thumb and first finger, extract the needle. Insert the resulting small fold through the needle’s eye and pull the thread through the eye.

Step 3: Starting a piece of thread

If you are starting off a new piece of thread on an empty part of the canvas, a good method is to hold about 2cm (¾’’) of thread on the back of the canvas and sew over it until it is firmly held down. Do not leave any loose ends which may get pulled through to the front with another stitch.

Step 4: Stitching

Always “under − over, under − over” − i.e, your stitches come from under the canvas and then plunge back in over.

Your stitches should be worked firmly to produce an even tension, otherwise the finished work won’t look good. The needle and the thread should be taken right through to the back or front of the canvas each stitch before being inserted again for the start of the next stitch. This facilitates an even tension and results in less wear on the thread.

Share a square! As you add more rows of stitches to your work, new stitches are always worked into the same square as the stitches directly above or below it. 

Step 5: Ending a piece of thread

Stop stitching when there’s about 8cm (3’’) of thread left. On the back of the canvas, run the needle under the last stitches you worked for about 5cm (2’’), then cut the thread tail.


Now that you know the basics of how to needlepoint, let's see some of the most common needlepoint stitches. If you are new to this craft, you can start by experimenting with these stitches, before moving up to more complex ones. 


Find out all you need to know about the materials necessary for needlepoint, like needles, threads, canvas, and other tools and accessories.


For anyone who isn't familiar with it, here is an history lesson! In this blog you can discover more about the origins of needlepoint, how it was originally used and how it's seen nowadays, as well as other interesting information about this craft!


Our booklet contains easy instructions on how to start with needlepoint, key takeaways on how to select stitches, and a library of our favorite stitches, with the respective instructions on how to stitch them!

download our free needlepoint how to booklet by unwind studio