As I have dived into my new craft obsession, needlepoint, I’ve learned some tips for successful needlepoint projects. These are all things I learned from stitching my Anatomical Heart Needlepoint.
2. Finish the edges of your needlepoint canvas. As I was stitching, and stitching, and stitching, I found that my yarn would rub on the edge of the canvas, causing both the canvas and my yarn to fray. I bound the edges with cloth bias tape (but you could even use blue painter’s tape, the kind that doesn’t leave sticky residue).
3. Start stitching with a middle-abundance color. If following a counted pattern, the first color that you use requires the most looking at the pattern and counting because it will form a reference point for the addition of future colors. A middle-abundance color strikes the balance between being a sufficient backbone and not taking too long to stitch. Shown above, I started with tan and then used it as a reference to add in the smaller colors of red and blue.
4. Use your yarn in 12″ lengths. It’s so very tempting to stitch with long lengths of yarn since it means fewer ends to deal with. However, with long lengths of yarn you’ll find it tying itself into knots and the end fraying before you’re done with it.
5. Staple your pattern to your canvas. This sounds silly, but it was a lifesaver when I figured this trick out. Minimizing the distance between your stitching and your pattern makes it faster and easier not to lose your place. Rather than having to hold my pattern and my canvas while stitching, or constantly glancing at my lap or a nearby table, I found stapling it to my canvas to be an optimal solution. I folded my pattern and often stapled it over part of my canvas which did require frequent stapling and un-stapling. As long as you staple near the edge of your canvas, you don’t have to worry about damage.