Alternating Continental with Beads

This week’s #MustWatchMonday video tutorial is on how to do an alternating continental stitch in beads. In this video we are using a size 13 canvas with a size 11 bead so that you can see the pattern in a larger format. This stitch is perfect if you want to create the idea of glass on your canvas. 

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Learn How To Ruche Threads

This week’s #MustWatchMonday stitch tutorial is for ruching threads. Lisa shows you how to ruche thread to create a 3-dimensional design on your next canvas. She is using Petite Sparkle Rays from Rainbow Gallery on Patti Mann’s Food Truck Canvas. Have a question? Shoot us an email at

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Learn How To Rip Threads

This week’s #MustWatchMonday stitch tutorial is for ripping threads. At one point or another, we all need to know how to do this. You may think it sounds pretty simple, but sometimes it can be difficult and mistakes happen to the best of us.

Tip: You can use a seam ripper, just make sure you don’t cut the canvas because it is typically pretty sharp.


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Enjoy This Large Heart Stitch Diagram!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day – a beautiful Large Heart Pattern Stitch Diagram! Our collection of 60+ Stitch Diagrams is available to all Bronze Tier and higher members, and adds another component to learning creative new stitches.


Clicking the arrow in the corner of the image will “pop out” the diagram into a larger size for easier viewing.

Top 10 Reasons to Try out Bargello


Top 10 Reasons to Try out Bargello:

10. Dates back to the middle ages.

9. Also known as Florentine Needlework or Hungarian Point

8. Has its own museum – Bargello Museum in Florence, Italy

7. One of the most durable stitches for pillows, upholstery and rugs.

6. Cost effective as you don’t need a painted canvas to create a beautiful pattern.

5. Traditionally stitched in wool as it was used primarily for upholstery, but now can be very contemporary with the use of metallic, silk or rayon threads.

4. Numerous designs from the traditional flame/Florentine stitch , diamonds, hearts and  4 way geometric designs.

3. Create your own Bargello design by using flat, vertical stitches over two or more threads.

2. Bargello is all the rage in decorating.

1. Watching this video tutorial from NeedlepointFix lets you master this technique!


Try it Out Now Using the Video Tutorial!


Basketweave Stitch by Alice E. Hall

Basketweave is one of the most used stitches in needlepoint; the stitch is slanted covering one canvas intersection. It is easily worked without turning the canvas and causes very little distortion. The woven or basketweave back makes it extremely strong. Should be used on all utilitarian items i.e. footstools, chairs, benches, kneelers, etc. Basketweave can be worked either on stretcher bars, using the stab and poke method, or in hand using the sewing (scoop) method. The stab and poke method follows the same stitch sequence except each stitch is done in two steps, you poke the needle up from under the canvas and stab it down from the top of the canvas. Direction and sequence of stitches are the same in both methods.

Right Handed Stitchers:
Basketweave is worked as a growing right-angle triangle with a single stitch at its apex. Begin in the upper right-hand corner and make a stitch going from bottom left to top right going across the intersection of the canvas. Work the second stitch on the same horizontal line and to the left of the first stitch, again coming up at the bottom left and going down at the top right. You now have two stitches side by side; the third stitch is worked directly below the first stitch. To start the next row (remember we are working on the diagonal) work another stitch exactly under the last stitch. While your triangle is growing you will work two stitches at the end of each row; on is to end the row and one is to begin the next row.

You continue working the diagonal row, please notice that the stitches dovetail into the preceding row. Alternating rows are worked up the row; the other rows are worked down. When you want to stop the triangle from growing i.e. on the right hand side you will not stitch directly below the last stitch but rather next to it, so that the bottom becomes flat across, same is true for the left side. Before putting the work aside, leave a row unfinished with your needle in mid row, this is a sure way of keeping the row sequence straight.

Left Hand Stitchers:

If you are left-handed, begin in the lower left-hand corner and do the the reverse.

Basketweave Diagram