The Skinny on the Basketweave Stitch


Today’s entry is a page that describes how to do the Basketweave Stitch. I’ve added it to the How to Do drop down menu.  Once you get the hang of it, the stitch is not difficult at all — if you just follow the diagram provided, you should be well on your way.

One thing to keep in mind about this stitch is that it works with the weave of the canvas better than the Continental, creating far, far less distortion.  Distortion is when a canvas becomes skewed.  The Continental can end up requiring a great deal of blocking by finishers to re-shape the canvas.  So, for needlepointers who don’t want the hassle of learning pattern stitches, this is the one you really want to try to learn.

A useful tip is that the best type of needlepoint canvas is interwoven. For some reason, this is called mono canvas.  Often, manufacturers of needlepoint kits use a cheaper canvas called interlock, and you will not see the “stairs” and “poles” (as I’ve described them on the Basketweave page) in this type of canvas.  But, you can still use the same basic principles, and pretend that they are there.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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