Straight stitches are perhaps one of the most commons stitches used in needlepoint. Did you know that there are at lease 66 needlepoint straight stitches you can try on your needlepoint canvas?
Its amazing the impact you can create just by crossing the canvas with straight stitches either horizontally or vertically.
Straight stitches are generally good to use for design elements, backgrounds, geometric patterns and where you want to create a light texture.
Depending on the number of canvas thread over which the stitch is made, some of the stitches will be prone to snagging.
As you can see below, sometimes straight stitches start out on a diagonal. Nevertheless, they are classified under straight stiches in needlepoint.
You will see in the stitch diagrams below, that I have used different colors to create different effects. All the stitches can be worked in a single color but varying the color, texture, and weight of the yarn will produce very different effect on you needlepoint canvas.
Don't have time to look through all the stitch diagrams now? Click on the link below and you will be able to get your own reference guide to needlepoint straight stitches.
Want to change the impact of your straight stitches? Use different number of strands, vary the color and even mix a little metallic thread with your yarn. You be amazed at the effect you can create.
It is important to consider the type of needlepoint canvas to use in order to create a special effect. Keep in mind, that the gauge of the canvas will determine the thickness, or wight of the yarn you need to use for the project.
You might be also interested in checking out "stitch of the month" page on the ANG's (American Needlepoint Guild) website.
Hope you enjoyed going through these straight stitch variations for canvas work. As you can see, there are almost endless varieties you can explore.
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