Silk Road Needle Arts
St. Petersburg, Florida
Needlepoint Tips and Information--
We have provided a number of tips and information guidelines which we hope will be useful as you pursue your creative stitching. Please note that there are varying opinions on almost any topic, so do what works best for you. Many of the tips listed in this section also apply to other forms of embroidery, especially counted thread, which see below.
If you have tips you would like to share with others through this web site, please let us know!
Background Color Selection
Canvas Mesh and Thread Selection
Canvas--preparing to stitch
Canvas--using a frame or in the hand?
Choosing the Right Needle Size
Colorfastness of Threads
Cotton vs Silk
Cross Stitch to Needlepoint--Converting Charts
Estimating the amount of thread needed for a project
Overdyed Threads--How to Use them
Painting Your Own Canvases
Rainbow Gallery Threads
Shading & Blending Colors
Thread Choice Guide
Threading a needle and thread length
Twisted threads & how to prevent
Cross Stitch Tips and Information
Much of the information in the above section can also be applicable to cross stitch and stitching in generally, especially those related to threads. Some tips related specifically to cross stitch follow:
Aida or Evenweaves/Linen--differences
Carrying Threads over the back
Choosing the Right Needle
Hoops, Frames, Q-Snaps, etc.