Make Your Own Needlepoint Pattern: Learning to make your own needlepoint pattern is not that difficult. Almost any design can be used. For beginners something that uses mostly outlines, straight lines, or curves is easier to start with. These might be used in flowers, letters, or shapes. Leaning to make your own needlepoint pattern lets you choose the size of the project and allows you to experiment with different colors and designs.
Ideas to make your own needlepoint pattern can come from books, websites, magazines, greeting cards, or pictures. If you have a design in mind, you can draw it on a piece of graph paper. Then shade in the colors you want to use. If you have a printout, a grid can be drawn over the picture. You can also trace the design onto the canvas. This is done with a cheap light box, or by taping the picture under the canvas on a sunny window. When tracing use a quilter’s pen or other marking pen that can be easily erased with a moist cloth.
To make your own needlepoint pattern once the design has been selected, you will need a few supplies. Choose type and size of the canvas needed for the project. For example, you could use 14 count canvas that is 8″ x 10″. Then you will need 6-stranded cotton embroidery floss in the colors decided upon. For 14 count canvas a size 20 embroidery (tapestry) needle will be needed. You will get good coverage by using all 6 strands of the floss. A frame to hold the canvas taut may helpful.
Once the design and supplies are obtained to make your own needlepoint pattern, you are ready to start stitching. Fill in the holes with the continental stitch worked in rows. This stitch looks like a slant (////) and uses all 6 strands. If doing outlines, you may only need to use one strand of floss.
After you make your own needlepoint pattern, the stitching can be worked on while traveling or when watching TV. Don’t forget to relax and have fun.