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.

Alternating Cashmere Stitch Needlepoint

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

 

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. Follow the stitch diagram to get the best result.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Wishy-Washy

 

Needlepoint Alternating Continental Stitch

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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

 

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

 

needlepoint brick stitch

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Criss-Cross Hungarian Stitch

Criss cross hungarian needlepoint 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

needlepoint diagonal scotch stitch

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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

 

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.

 

Double Woven needlepoint stitch

 

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Encroaching Gobelin Stitch (Slanted)

Slanted Encroaching Gobelin stitch

 

Encroaching Gobelin stitch on Mona Lisa's dress

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

 

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

 

Needlepoint Eyelet stitch Round

 

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Gobelin Stitch (horizontal) 

needlepoint Gobelin stitch

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

Kits this stitch is used in:

Christmas Truck.

 

 

needlepoint gobelin stitch

 

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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. 

 

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

 

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

 

Nobuko needlepoint stitch diagram

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Needlepoint Satin Stitch

 

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Skip Tent Stitch

Needlepoint skip tent stitch

The orange background on this cheetah design uses the pretty Skip Tent stitch. It is versatile and goes anywhere you want to add a bit of texture. The Skip Tent stitches up fast.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Born To Be Wild.

Festival Camel

Christmas Truck

Peace Dove

Shakespeare

Wishy-Washy

 

 

needlepoint skip tent stitch

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Tall-Short Stitch

needlepoint tall short stitch

The yellow flowers in this Skedaddle design use a sloping stitch called Tall-Short. This image also shows the stitch sloping right and left. The stitch diagram is  below and it can be followed with the lines of stitches going vertically or horizontally - whichever way you find it easiest to stitch the pattern.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Skedaddle

 

 

 

Needlepoint Tall-Short Stitch

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Upright Cross Stitch 

Needlepoint Upright Cross stitch

The Upright Cross stitch looks thick and sumptuous on the canvas. It offers a pretty and directionless pattern that can go in large and small spaces.

Kits this stitch is used in:

Botanical Leaf.

Fancy Bitch.

Festival Camel

Christmas Truck

Peace Dove

 

Upright Cross stitch diagram

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Wallpaper Stitch #1

Wallpaper needlepoint background stitch

A very effective decorative needlepoint stitch for walls! This is an open stitch that forms a striped pattern on the canvas. Kits this stitch is used in:

 

Blue and White Leaf Vase

Cat Toys (with Tent stitch between the rows)

 

needlepoint wallpaper stitch

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Wallpaper Stitch #2

Wallpaper decorative needlepoint stitch for background

The yellow wall in this design is the same as Wallpaper #1 except we have filled in the rows with a cross stitch. It forms a pretty striped pattern  that looks like wallpaper. Kits this stitch is used in:

 Apple and Pear Still Life.

 

 

Wallpaper decorative needlepoint background stitch

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Woven Stitch

needlepoint woven stitch

A non-directional background or filler decorative needlepoint stitch with pots of texture. The window panes on this Cat Toys kit are stitched in Woven.

 

 

 

needlepoint woven stitch

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Wrapped Back Stitch

Bike and Wildflowers kit with Wrapped back stitch

Our favorite outline stitch or for stitching lines. A Wrapped back stitch can be stitched as surface embroidery on top of tent stitches (using a thin thread), or straight onto the canvas like the spokes on the bike. 

 

 

Wrapped Back Stitch

 

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