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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.

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

Lesson #7 Basic Compensation

What do you do when a whole stitch unit doesn't fit the design?

Lesson #7 Basic Compensation


What is Compensation?

Slanting Gobelin is a great stitch to show what compensation in needlepoint is.


On the right are four rows of Slanting

Gobelin Stitch and a simple polygon shape

in light blue below the four rows.


If I wanted the Slanting Gobelin Stitch to

look like the polygon shape, how would

I do this?


I would have to modify the stitch length

to conform to the shape of the polygon.


The art of modifying a stitch to fit and

fill a shape is called ‘compensation’ .


Scroll down to see how I have modified

the length of the stitches to fit the polygon






On the graph below, I have modified the stitches marked by bold lines and I have added the stitches marked by dashed lines, to fill the shape of the polygon.


This is basic compensation.


Notice that I have preserved the

direction of the original Slanting

Gobelin and I have used as much

of the stitch as I can. Both are

important aspects of compensation.





In the beginning this is all a newbie

needs to know about compensation

but it isn’t the whole story.


Tomorrow we will go a bit beyond

beginning compensation and

deal with a couple of the problems

with the way I have compensated

my polygon and a couple of ways

I might have done a better job.