Needlepoint, or tapestry, is a form of needlework done on a grid-like, open-weave fabric, or canvas. All of the stitches in needlepoint are worked parallel to or diagonally across the canvas threads.
1. Look to the Internet, libraries, bookstores, and craft stores for information on needlepoint and ideas for projects. This initial exploration will be especially useful if you have never done needlepoint before.
2. Choose a needlepoint project – pillow, wall hanging, eyeglass case, etc.
3. Select a pattern, which comes with full instructions and a materials list, or a kit with both the instructions and the materials needed to complete your project.
4. Consider your skill level and choose a project accordingly. Projects that use only one basic stitch are good for beginners. Increase the level of complexity once you have gained some experience.
5. Consider the amount of time you want to spend on a project. Large wall hangings, rugs and the like are lovely, but will you have the time needed to complete such a large project? Are you likely to become frustrated with a project that may take months to complete?
6. Start with a small project if you are a beginner. Decide if needlepoint is a craft that you want to explore further, and then move on to larger projects from there.
7. Choose a design and transfer it to the canvas of your choice. See “Transfer an Embroidery Design” and “Transfer a Design to Fabric” for instructions. Purchase enough yarn to cover your design in the desired colors.