Welcome to Needlepoint Teacher!

Butterfly Fascinator

Welcome to my world of needlepoint!  This art form can be called canvas embroidery, needle point, tapestry work or canvas work embroidery.  If you remember that canvas fabric is stiff material, your mind now opens up to its many possibilities. 


Here, you will learn how to needlepoint.  I will teach you how to create many stitches, how to make your painted canvas come alive and how to applique one canvas onto another.   


You don't need a needle with training wheels to learn needlepoint.

Years ago, women would purchase a canvas with a pre-stitched floral motif in the center and tapestry yarn.   She would go home and fill in the background with Continental or Basketweave stitches.  Someone would make it into a pillow for her.  Yesterday’s yarn shops offered Persian and tapestry wools.  Today, our shops are filled with overdyed cottons, leathers, chainettes and sparkling synthetics.  Our grandmothers have never heard of threads made from bamboo, soybeans and corn!


My goal is to teach needlepoint from A to Z.  Included in this website, we will have a discussion of materials, lots of stitches and a wide range of techniques. 


The beginner will learn the basics of needlepoint.  We will explain how to transfer a design onto canvas.  What are threads, needles and how to make stitches.  For the intermediate stitcher, compensation, padding and stitch texture will be talked about.  


For the advanced needlepointers, an array of subjects such as one canvas placed upon another, 3D effects and placement of “found” objects will be taught.


I hope you enjoy the site as much as I will have in creating it for you.


Remember to take time to stitch!

Books on Kindle

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Needlepoint Dictionary of Stitches


This book is in Kindle format and is easy to carry with you where ever you wish to stitch.  Over 200 stitches are accompanied with a full color picture and clear diagram. The book also includes and explanation of: canvas, threads, needles, scissors, frames and stands, threaders and laying tools.   Click here for VIDEO

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Click on the Amazon link on the right to purchase "Needlepoint Dictionary of Stitches."

Finishing Needlepoint:  A How to Book

Finishing needlepoint is easy.  Once you understand the basics, you will have the skills to mount any project you desire.  "Finishing Needlepoint:  A How to Book" is an instructional guide showing how to finish stand-up with weighted base, mounted on a dowel, square stand-up, ornaments and much more. 


This book will give you step by step directions that are accompanied with pictures and illustrations along with a complete list of required tools for 12 different finished projects.


The projects are:

            Stand-Up figure with weighted base

            Mounted on a dowel

            Square Stand-up  (2 methods)

            Tea cozy or hollow center

            Puffed and flat ornament

            Jewelry brooch

            Pillow with piping

            Simple pillow

            Cell phone purse



More Information


Click on the Amazon link on the top right to purchase "Finishing Needlepoint:  A How to Book.

Straight Stitches for Needlepoint


Are you looking for a stitch that lays horizontally or vertically on the canvas? This booklet presents 50 decorative, straight stitches. Each stitch is accompanied with a full color picture of a worked sample and clear graph. The graph includes a numbering system, stitch direction and stitch placement. If needed, some of the stitches include further explanation.


Examples of the stitches are: Pi Array, Chessboard Filling, Gobelin Tremé, Satin Balloons and Upright Gobelin Diamonds Filling. None of the stitches have been included in previous books by the author.


Included in the book is an index with cross references. If you have a question, the author's e-mail is also listed.  More Information


Click on the Amazon link on the right to purchase "Straight Stitches for Needlepoint"

The Perfect Basketweave Stitch for Needlepoint


Basketweave is one of the most versatile stitches in needlepoint yet for many, this stitch is confusing. This book explains how to stitch Basketweave, rules for lovely results and how to correct mistakes.

You will have instructions on how to create Basketweave with graphs and photos. For left handed people, we have two methods.

Information for working on mono, Penelope and interlock canvas are all mentioned. How to work stab and sewing method, pre-worked canvas and ripping are also explained in detail.

To help the reader understand the difference between Basketweave, Continental and Half Cross, instructions on the other two stitches are taught.

When you read this book, the author is sure you will have a complete understanding on this fun stitch.


This book goes into more depth than the page on Basketweave.   More Information


Click on the Amazon link on the upper right to purchase "The Perfect Basketweave Stitch for Needlepoint.

Compensation 101:  The Art of Partial Stitches for Needlepoint

When working on needlepoint canvas, we will come across areas which the stitch will not cover the remaining section. Continuous lines, columns or patterns are needed. To accomplish this, you need compensated stitches.


This book will explain how to incorporate lovely stitches on your canvas. You will learn how to create partial straight, diagonal, oblique, cross and tied stitches. Along with these, eyelets, numbered and petit point are also explained. No book will be complete without teaching you how to craft challenging stitches.


"Compensation 101: The Art of Partial Stitches for Needlepoint" also features 20 stitches and templates for practice.   More information


Click on the Amazon link on the right to purchase "Compensation 101:  The Art of Partial Stitches for Needlepoint".

Bring Your Canvas Alive With Today's Threads

You purchase a needlepoint canvas and bring it home. Now what do you do with it? "Bring Your Canvas Alive With Today's Threads" is to help the needle artist in deciding what thread to use for trees, animals, flowers, clouds and other items which you may find on your canvas. Items such as Kreinik braids for jewels, bird feathers and bugs are mentioned. Ocean wave foam can be created with Facets. Other suggestions will be clothes, hair, animals, skin tones, wood and nature. If you cannot find the answer to your canvas question, you can e-mail the author for further help.   More Information


Click on the Amazon link on the right to purchase "Bring Your Canvas Alive With Today's Threads"

400+ Hacks for Embroidery, Needlepoint & Sewing

It seems that for almost as long as humans have been producing textiles, we have looked for ways to embellish the work and how to make it easier. 


As life progressed I have had wonderful teachers, incredible books and years of experience, but there is always something new to learn.  Four hundred + Hacks for Embroidery, Needlepoint & Sewing is filled with lots of useful information that will aid you in creating more skilled and lovely projects.


Don't be fooled by the title.   Helpful hints are grouped into the following categories:  A well stocked sewing basket, sewing, sewing machines, embroidery, needlepoint, finishing, tools, organization and miscellaneous.


You will learn How to maintain a healthy machine, tools of the trade, fine points of finishing your project and organization skills.      


Under the section dedicated for needlepoint, a black/white cloth is explained and how to create your own.  What is a counting tool?  Do you need a DoLolly? Can you make your own BooBoo Stick?  All of these are covered plus much more.   


Please note:  The information in this book is different than Tips & Techniques for Needlepoint


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Butterfly Fascinator:  A Needlepoint Project

If you love needlepoint and would like to show off your skills, then this project is for you. The fascinator hat is a needlepoint cap with a 3D butterfly. The antenna is made with covered wire and the body has been created with beads.


This fascinator is perfect for that special occasion. Everything you need to know is included in the instructions.   More information


Click on the Amazon link on the right to purchase "Butterfly Fascinator:  A Needlepoint Project"

Tips & Techniques for Needlepoint


Have you ever wanted to know how to create the perfect eyelet? What is the secret to creating lovely Basketweave stitch. Why do some stitches look fuzzy on the canvas and others are sharp? "Tips & Techniques for Needlepoint" will answer these questions plus more.

In this book, you will learn how to create the perfect Bullion Knot, French Knot and eyelets.  You will learn how to thread a needle without a threader. What to do when you make a hole in the canvas and need to repair it. (Instructions are for interlock and mono canvas.) How to start and end your threads with out making a mess on the back is also included.

This 52 page Kindle book is in the form of questions and answers many needle artist have asked me in the last few years.   More Information


Click on the Amazon link on the right to purchase "Tips & Techniques for Needlepoint."


Learn to Needlepoint


Have you always wanted to learn needlepoint but found it hard to understand the basics? This simple to read booklet will teach you what you need to know about needlepoint to get started. You will learn about canvas, threads and tapestry needles. Also, the booklet covers the grain of thread, how to start and end your yarn, what is a waste know and how to block needlepoint.


”Learn to Needlepoint" has 39 stitches that have an easy to read graph, photo and written instructions. To practice your new found knowledge, a simple project has been included.   More Information


Click on the Amazon link on the right to purchase "Learn to Needlepoint."


Knitting I-Cords:  12 Simple Projects

This collection of twelve original I-cord projects will thrill knitters of all levels.

"Knitting I-Cords:  12 Simple Project" is a collection of twelve knitting projects that are quick and simple to do. Projects include hats, bracelets, pin, purse and others. Each project requires everyday materials such as double pointed knitting needles, yarns and other supplies that you can purchased from large box stores.

The projects in the book are Medusa hat, box hat, beehive hat, oval hat, gecko pin, gecko bracelet, two beaded bracelets, kitty earmuffs, flower headband, purse and scarf.

Complete instructions on knitting, purl, how to make an I-cord, yarn over, knit two together, how to cast on and off, crochet a chain and knitting abbreviations are all included.

Once you look at this book, you will never see I-cords the same way again.  More Information
Click on the Amazon link on the lower right to purchase "Knitting I-Cords:  12 Simple Projects."

That Yarn Cat


This book is about two best friends, Suzi and her cat, Three Ply.

Three Ply loves yarn. Suzi does not want the yarn to become dirty so she locks it in the closet. When she is away, the cat will play. Find out what is happening when Suzi leaves the house.

Book has 22 pages and is easy to read.  More Information