One of my most requested blog posts this year has been to share more about needlepoint for beginners! I grew up with my mom needlepointing and I always wanted to try it for myself.
Finally this past Christmas, I asked for a canvas and threads and spent break learning needlepoint from my mom! It’s been such a fun escape and a new obsession, especially with other friends becoming obsessed too (Carly and Mackenzie share so many great tips and finds!). I love how needlepoint actually allows me to tune out and put my phone down for once, instead of endless scrolling on Instagram before bed. To help you get started, here’s some of my top tips on needlepoint for beginners!
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO NEEDLEPOINT
HOW TO LEARN NEEDLEPOINT
I think learning in person from someone is the most helpful so I would spend an afternoon with a friend or family member who can teach you and walk you through mistakes, etc. However, know that’s not always the case so look into classes at your local needlepoint store or teach yourself! Carly shared this great video and it’s super helpful on how to get started. The biggest thing is practice so don’t get frustrated if you mess up! It takes time and it’s better to start slow and patient then rush through.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BUY TO TRY NEEDLEPOINT
Canvases: The most fun part of needlepointing is picking out your canvases! There are so many amazing accounts to follow now on Instagram (sharing my favorites below) which is led me to buy from a few different sources. I love turning to Needlepoint.com, Etsy and shopping directly from different stores, like Lycette in Palm Beach where I bought my first canvas or Annie and Co. Needlepoint here in NYC. Sharing a few current favorites below to shop!
Fibers: One of the most overwhelming things for me was choosing what type of fibers to use! I recommend going in person to pick threads so you can feel them and see the colors in real life. I have been using Silk & Ivory for the most and really like how smooth they glide and of course the finish of them as well.
Needle and Scissors: Most of my canvases have come with a needle or two but always make sure you have the correct size needle depending on the canvas. I also purchased travel scissors (make sure they’re extra sharp!) that have a leather case around them so I can travel easily with them.
Carry Case: Now that I have quite a few threads and canvases, I like keeping them all organized in one bag that I can easily bring with me. I love this linen monogrammed pouch, Stoney Clover Lane one and my favorite monogrammed Cuyana pouch.
FAVORITE NEEDLEPOINT ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW
Instagram is FILLED with so many needlepoint accounts and it’s how I found so many so great places to buy from. Some of my favorites include: