OK, you have finished the main design on your needlepoint canvas.
Now what? How are you going to fill out the background? What stitches are you going to use?
Background stitches for needlepoint is here to solve your problem. It's here to give you choices. 87 of them.
I have narrowed them down the number of stitches from hundreds to 87. However, the choice of stitch you make will greatly impact the overall look, feel and impact of your design.
Also, background stitches are ogranized into families of stitches, that is groups of stitches that have common characteristics.
Therefore, background stitches for needlepoint are broken down into the following family of stitches: straight, diagonal, cross, tied, box, leaf, eye and flower stitches.
As a result, when looking at your completed primary design on your needlepoint canvas, you can chose which stitch type would be best suitable to fill out the background of your needlepoint canvas.
I have used different colors within most of the stitch diagrams to demonstrate how the look and feel of a stitch can be changed just by mixing colors within a stitch.
Any stitch can be worked in a single color but varying the color, texture, and weight of the yarn you use, will produce very different effect on your needlepoint canvas.
Click on the link straight stitch to see more options to explore.
For more diagonal stitch choices, click on the link to see your options.
Want to see more cross stitch options to use? Just click on the link to see.
For more tied stitch choices, click on the link to see.
For more box stitch choices, click on the link to see.
There are 14 more eye stitch options for you to explore. Just click on the link to see.
For more leaf stitch choices, click on the link to see.
For more flower stitch choices, click on the link to see.
Want to change the impact of your background stitches? Use different weight of yarn or strands of embroidery floss. Mix in some metallic thread or add some beads. Experiment, let your imagination fly!
However, always keep in mind that the gauge of needlepoint canvas you use will greatly determine the amount and type of thread you need to cover your needlepoint canvas completely. Again, don't be afraid to experiment.
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You can find excellent examples of, and learn how background stitches can be used to great effect, at: ANG's (American Needlepoint Guild), EGA's (Embroidere's Guild of America) and EAC's (Embroiderer's Association of Canada) websites.
In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed going through these background stitch variations for canvas work. As you can see, there are almost endless varieties you can explore.
Share it with your friends and encourage them to try some.
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Needlepoint Straight Stitches: The Ultimate Guide
37 Flower Stitches for Needlepoint [With Diagrams]
46 Diagonal Stitches For Needlepoint
Box Stitches for Needlepoint [With 36 Stitch Diagrams]
30 Needlepoint Tied Stitches with Diagrams
Needlepoint Eye Stitches [17 To Choose From]