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What is needlepoint?

Needlepoint is a form of counted thread embroidery in which thread is stitched through a stiff open weave canvas with a tapestry needle. Most needlepoint designs completely cover the canvas and can be worked in a variety of stitches and patterns. There are several types of canvas but I work with the Mono Canvas which is a type of needlepoint canvas with single vertical and horizontal threads. This allows the stitches to move, making mono canvas the perfect choice for projects that will be subjected to uneven pressure in use, such as pillows and chair cushions. Projects using mono canvas are frequently placed in a stretcher frame, as the canvas has a tendency to distort while being stitched. This is the preferred canvas of most hand-painted designers.

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