Needlepoint Stitch Library

A decorative needlepoint stitch library featured in Poppy Monk needlepoint kits. Explore your creativity with needlepoint stitches that add a little something extra to your needlework.

Alicia's Lace Variation Needlepoint Stitch

This is a very pretty stitch that works well on flowers and landscape features, or anywhere some repeatable texture seems like a good idea. Work the stitch in 3 parts starting with the black numbers, then the red numbers, then the green letters.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Flower Market

Stitch Chart for Alicia's Lace Variation Needlepoint Stitch:

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Alternating Mosaic Stitch 

This forms a diamond-shaped pattern and fits in small and medium-sized areas. Work this stitch in two parts—stitch all the Mosaic stitches going on one direction (the numbers on the chart), and then stitch all the "alternating" stitches (the letters on the chart.

needlepoint alternating mosaic stitch

 

Kits this stitch is found in:

Vase of Flowers stitch guide.

Fall Girl

NB: We stitched the Vase of Flowers using a modified Alternating Mosaic—we only stitched the "numbered" rows and left the "lettered" rows open. Here's what that looks like...

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Alternating Cashmere Needlepoint Stitch 

Alternating Cashmere Needlepoint Stitch

The background on this design is Alternating Cashmere. It makes great "wallpaper" and goes anywhere a boxy large-ish texture stitch will fit. We have filled the gaps with a Cross Stitch in the same thread, but you could also use a contrasting thread and /or a Tent stitch.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Draped Kimonos

Stitch Chart for Alternating Cashmere Needlepoint Stitch:

Alternating Cashmere needlepoint stitch chart

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Alternating Continental Stitch for Needlepoint

Needlepoint Alternating Continental Stitch


The yellow flowers are stitched in Alternating Continental which is a great little needlepoint stitch for small areas. It forms a diamond pattern which looks like a carpet! Follow the stitch diagram to get the best result.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Wishy-Washy

Orange

Stitch Chart for Alternating Continental Needlepoint Stitch:

Alternating Continental needlepoint stitch

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Needlepoint Balloon Stitch

needlepoint balloon stitch

This is a fun background or filler stitch and it can lie horizontally, as shown, or vertically. It's a great stitch for round objects.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Shakespeare (shown)

Busy Being Fabulous

Draped Kimonos

Mouse King

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Balloon Stitch:

Needlepoint Balloon stitch

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Brick Stitch

needlepoint brick stitch

This is a great background or filler stitch and it can lie vertically, as shown, or horizontally.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Life Begins After Coffee

Bakery

Fall Girl

Preppy Staffordshire Dog

Grand Teton National Park

Acadia National Park

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Brick Stitch:

needlepoint brick stitch vertical

 

 

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Byzantine Stitch #2

Byzantine #2 needlepoint stitch


A stitch that adds texture to any situation. Great for flowers, clothes, and landscapes. in fact, almost any space, big or small.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Flower Market

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Byzantine #2:

Byzantine #2 needlepoint stitch

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Cashmere Stitch

needlepoint cashmere stitch

Cashmere is a boxy stitch and probably best in small-medium sized areas. It's great for borders and architectural or geometric objects.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Flower Market

Fall Girl

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Cashmere Stitch:

 

needlepoint cashmere stitch

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Criss-Cross Hungarian Stitch

Needlepoint Criss-Cross Hungarian stitch

The darker blue flowers are stitched in Criss-Cross Hungarian stitch which is a heavily textured needlepoint stitch that does not show a direction so it's handy for overall patterns.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Flower Burst

Flower Market

Fall Girl

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Criss-Cross Hungarian:
Criss-Cross Hungarian needlepoint stitch

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Cobblestone Stitch

Cobblestone stitch

The pink flowers are stitched in Cobblestone stitch which is a lightly textured needlepoint stitch for small spaces

Kits this stitch is used in:

Wishy-Washy

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Cobblestone Stitch:

Cobblestone stitch

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Damask Stitch

Needlepoint Damask Stitch

The blue flowers in this Botanical Flowers design get texture from the Damask stitch. It is a good  filler stitch for small and large spaces. The Damask stitch has a direction so angle it the way you want the direction to "flow".

Kits this stitch is used in:

Botanical Flowers

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Damask Stitch:

needlepoint damask stitch

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Diagonal Scotch Stitch

diagonal scotch stitch needlepoint

This is a great background or filler stitch. It is directionless and forms a pretty pattern. 

Kits this stitch is used in:

WTF

Draped Kimonos

Shakespeare

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Diagonal Scotch Stitch:

needlepoint diagonal scotch stitch

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Diagonal Triple Parisian Stitch

Diagonal Triple Parisian needlepoint stitch
This is a great stitch for sky or water as it has a lovely flowing directional pattern. You could also angle this the other way. It would show even more movelent if you used a variegated thread.
Kits this stitch is used in:

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Diamond Leaves Stitch

Diamond Leaves needlepoint stitch
This is such a great stitch for trees and shrubs. It is worked in two parts: stitch the outer diamonds first (the darker blue on the chart below). There is no perfect way to stitch these. You can stitch rows of zig-zag, or even long diagonal lines. Choose a method and stick with it as much as you can. Then fill in with the internal "arrows", working the center stem and then the wings. The arrows can be the same color as the outer diamonds, or we have used a contrasting color in this model in some of the filler stitches, to show tree trunks. So many options! This would also be a great stitch for a variegated thread.
Diamond Leaves needlepoint stitch
Kits this stitch is used in:

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Double Brick Stitch

Double Brick Stitch 

Double Brick stitch is used on the border of this design. It can also lie horizontally.

Kits this stitch is used in:

If Not Now Then When.

Apple and Pear

Acadia National Park

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Double Brick Stitch:

needlepoint double brick stitch

 

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Double Woven Stitch

Double Woven needlepoint stitch


Double Woven stitch is used on the paler blue flowers of this Flower Burst design. Work the stitch in horizontal rows.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Flower Burst

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Double Woven:

Double Woven needlepoint stitch

 

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Encroaching Gobelin Stitch (Slanted)

Slanted Encroaching Gobelin stitch

This sampler image is courtesy of the Royal Schools of Needlework.

This is a versatile stitch that can fit in small and large spaces to add a bit of texture. We used it on Mona Lisa's dress. It stitches up quickly.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Mona Lisa (dress)

Acadia National Park (horizontal)


 Encroaching Gobelin stitch on Mona Lisa's dress

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Slanted Encroaching Gobelin:

Slanted Encroaching Gobelin stitch

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Eyelet Stitch

Needlepoint eyelet stitch shown on Girl With A Pearl Earring

The Eyelet stitch is used on the earring in this design. All the threads lead to a central hole which forms a nicely textured circle. Read our blog post on other stitches to use when you want to stitch a circle.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Eyelet:

Needlepoint Eyelet stitch Round

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Gobelin Stitch (vertical) 

needlepoint Gobelin stitch

The tree is stitched in Gobelin stitch over two intersections and laid vertically.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Christmas Truck.

Bakery 

Grand Teton National Park

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Gobelin:

needlepoint gobelin stitch

 

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Hungarian Stitch (Horizontal)

This is a handy filler stitch that is usually worked vertically but we have used it horizontally where it is good for water and sky.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Grand Canyon National Park

 

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Interlocking Gobelin Stitch

Also see Encroaching Gobelin on this page.

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Kalem Needlepoint Stitch

Kalem stitch looks a lot like a knitting stockinette stitch so we use it a lot for sweaters. It is worked in columns.

 

Kits using Kalem Stitch:

Screw U

Acadia National Park

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Milanese Needlepoint Stitch

Milanese Stitch on the Botanical Leaf needlepoint kit

This is a great background or filler stitch when you want a distinctive pattern. It is worked in diagonal rows. 

Kits this stitch is used in:

Botanical Leaf needlepoint kit. 

Bakery

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Milanese:

Milanese needlepoint stitch diagram

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Mosaic Needlepoint Stitch

needlepoint Mosaic stitch on the reindeer's antlers

The Mosaic Needlepoint Stitch is used on the reindeer antlers in this design. It is a great background or filler stitch when you want a flowing pattern to add texture. It works well for hills, clothing, and many filler spots.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Reindeer ornament.

Apple & Pear

Ho Cubed

Stitch Chart for Needlepoint Mosaic:

Needlepoint mosaic stitch

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Nobuko Needlepoint Stitch

Nobuko Needlepoint Stitch

The Nobuko stitch is a background stitch that offers lots of texture. It slants up and to the right (although you can also lean it the other way) but it doesn't have a strong direction when placed as a background or filler stitch.  

Kits this stitch is used in:

Peace Dove.

Apple & Pear

Vase of Flowers stitch guide.

Chart for Needlepoint Nobuko Stitch:

Nobuko needlepoint stitch diagram

 

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Parisian Stitch

A versatile needlepoint stitch that is a staple of any stitch library because it goes almost anywhere.

Work this stitch in rows going across and back. It can also lie horizontally.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Grand Teton National Park

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Pavilion Diamonds Stitch

This makes a great wallpaper stitch for a background or landscape feature. It consists of long stitches so it stitches up quickly. You do need some space for it to "play out".

Pavilion Diamonds needlepoint stitch
Pavilion Diamonds needlepoint stitch
Kits this stitch is used in:

 

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Rhodes Stitch (Circle)

needlepoint Rhodes stitch circle

The Rhodes stitch is a raised stitch that can form a variety of shapes. Here, we have used it on the reindeer's nose as a circle. You can work the stitch in any direction. The top stitch will be the most prominent, so start the circle with that in mind. i.e. if you want the top stitch to lay horizontally, start just beyond the horizontal and work around from there. 

Kits this stitch is used in:

Reindeer.

Chart for Needlepoint Rhodes Stitch:

Needlepoint Rhodes Stitch Circle

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Satin Stitch

Needlepoint Satin Stitch

The Satin stitch is one of the most useful in decorative needlepoint stitches. We have used it several times on the pale green leaves of this Flummoxed design. It can go in any direction and has a lovely, smooth and shiny appearance when you use  a single ply thread. A Satin stitch is simply long stitches that sit parallel to one another. The diagram, below, shows how to create a vertical Satin stitch. Use the same method to angle your stitches in any direction, just make sure they are parallel.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Flummoxed

Reindeer.

Skedaddle

Flower Burst

Vase of Flowers

Acadia National Park


Needlepoint Satin Stitch

 

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Serendipity Stitch

Needlepoint Irises by Van Gogh

The stitch on the table is Serendipity and it makes a lovely basketweave/woven-style pattern. it is a non-directional stitch so a great choice for backgrounds and small-medium size areas that don't "move".

Kits this stitch is used in:

Van Gogh Irises

Chart for Needlepoint Serendipity Stitch: