Needlepoint Definition - Definitions for the Clothing & fabric Industry

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Needlepoint is a form of canvas work created on a mesh canvas. The stitching threads used may be wool, silk, or rarely cotton. Stitches may be plain, covering just one mesh intersection with a single orientation, or fancy, such as bargello. Plain stitches may be worked as basketweave or half cross. Basketweave uses the most wool, but does not distort the rectangular mesh.

Finished works may be made into pillows or upholstery, or may be displayed on the wall. Typical mesh counts range from 5 to 18 stitches per running inch.

Needlepoint is valued as a soothing activity that creates durable and attractive objects for domestic use. Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Martin, the actress, were all avid needlepointers.


In needlepoint, many distinct styles have evolved. some of them are:

Berlin wool work

Bargello and Hungarian point

Types of Stitches

Basketweave Stitch sometimes called Continental Stitch

Brick Stitch

Encroaching Upright Gobelin Stitch

Hungarian Ground Stitch

Hungarian Point Stitch

Mosaic Stitch

Old Florentine Stitch

Parisian Stitch

Upright Cross with Back Stitch

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