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Lessons for Beginners






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Lessons for Beginners


Four years ago I wrote a series of Lessons for Beginners; now I find I've changed my mind a bit and in my lead-up to Catherine the Great, I'm rewriting the lessons a bit.


The most current lesson is on Queendom Website's Home Page and on this page.


You will find links to the former lessons below.

Lesson #5: The Basic Structures of Three Stitches


Stitch #1  Upright Gobelin Stitch

This is the most basic upright stitch.

By ‘upright’ I mean

straight up.


Notice you bring your needle

up through a hole at 1,

down through a hole at 2,

up through a hole at 3,

down  through a hole at 4

and so forth.


The numbered stitch is

upright over 4 canvas



Right below it: the same

stitch scaled over 3 meshes

and below that, the same

stitch scaled over 2 meshes.


To the right, the same stitch

turned 90 degrees over 4 meshes

and the same turned 90 degrees over 3 meshes.


Stitch #2 Slanting Gobelin Stitch

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This stitch slants diagonally across the canvas meshes. At the top are numbers showing 2 ways to work the stitch (up at 1, down at 2, etc.) Both are valid; the one on the right uses a bit more thread because the throw on the backside is longer.


The other examples show the same stitch scaled over different numbers of meshes and in different directions. At its smallest (bottom numbered example) Slanting Gobelin morphs into Tent Stitch.


All can be stitched from left to right or right to left except the bottom Tent Stitch. It has to be stitched as numbered, from right to left, otherwise the stitches slip under the canvas meshes.


Stitch #3 Basic Cross Stitch

What is Cross Stitch but a combination of a single Slanting Gobelin Stitch in one direction and a single Slanting Gobelin Stitch in the other direction

The numbers, up at 1, down at 2, etc. show two ways to work a

Cross Stitch.

Left example is English, right example is Danish. Both are valid

ways of working a simple Cross Stitch.


What is an Upright Cross Stitch but a single Upright Gobelin Stitch

in one direction and a single Upright Gobelin Stitch in the other direction.



Why I Chose These Stitches for Beginners

I chose them because they are the basic root of almost all traditional

needlepoint stitches.

As an exercise, look through a basic stitch book and identify the stitches

which have a root in Upright Gobelin Stitch or Slanting Gobelin Stitch or Cross Stitch. You will find almost all of them relate back to these three stitches.

For Beginning Needlepoint Students, here is a reworking of my series from the past.

Lesson #5 Three Basic Stitches

Almost all other stitches are derivatives of these stitches: an upright stitch, a slanted stitch and two cross stitches.