Tips on Tension

Every stitcher strives for smooth and even stitches.  If this is something you struggle with, here are some tips that will help. 

Tip 1 - Stitch in good lighting.  If you are straining to see, you will be more likely to tug too hard on your thread, or not notice when a stitch is a little loose.  

Tip 2 - What's the right amount of tension?   The Elizabeth Bradley tapestry wool used in our needlepoint kits has some elasticity to it - it "gives" a little.  Pull your needle through until you feel the resistance of the yarn and the stitching is nesting in place.  You want it to be snug but not tight!  You will get a feel for this as you stitch more - practice makes perfect!  

Tip 3 - Let your needle dangle and unwind every once in awhile especially if you feel that your thread is twisting whilst stitching.  Wool that is over-wound doesn't sit flat on the canvas.  

Tip 4 - If you are having trouble filling in small areas which are surrounded by other stitches, you can use the pull and poke method - push the needle down through the canvas and then bring your dominant hand to the underside of the canvas to pull the needle through and guide it back to the front.  Take your time with these "filling in" areas and make sure each stitch is nested properly before moving to the next one.  


Thank You for reaching out to us.
These tips help a lot.
Keep them coming please!

Wishing you all a happy and safe Holiday Season

Maria August 22, 2023

This was so helpful as are all hits and tips on your website. I attended a beginners/intermediate class in September and found this to be so inspiring can’t wait to attend the joining class. So much was learned that day. One of the best days out I have ever had.

Lynne Haslam August 22, 2023

Reading this article, explains tips on tension well.

Sue Lindblade August 22, 2023

Thanks! All very good advice.

Clare Keating August 22, 2023

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