Framed Star Stitch for Needlepoint

The framed star stitch for needlepoint can be used on needlepoint canvas, Aida cloth or linen.

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Needlepoint Framed Star Stitch: Method of Completion

Step 1

To work the framed star stitch pattern, start at the top left hand corner and come up in an empty hole at 1 and go down at 2, pulling the thread/yarn slightly toward the hole you come up at.

Work the stitches in a counter-clockwise direction, always coming up in an empty whole and going down towards the center. By the time you finish the first set of stitches, you will be going through the same hole 8 times.

I find that using an awl or a knitting needle to enlarge the whole, as I move counter-clockwise helps the yarn go through the hole smoother.  It also helps to keep the size of the hole more uniform. 

Be careful not to split existing thread/yarns in the hole as you use your awl or knitting needle.

Step 2

After the completion of the 6 star stitches, use back stitches to frame the stars.

I used a different color in the chart to indicate the  placement of the backs titches.   Feel free to use the same color yarn as used for the stars.  Using the same color thread will create a different effect.

The framed star stitch can also be used as a single design element.

Framed Star Stitch Characteristics:

Best suited for: accents, borders, backings, geometric and flower designs


  • This pattern can be slow to work due to the number of stitches needed to complete the pattern.

  • Enlarged version of the stitch will be prone to snags.

  • Depending on the yarn or thread used, and the count of the fabric/canvas it is applied to, the texture created will vary along with the strength of the pattern.  Experiment to see which effect you like best.

  • Use different color and thickness of yarn for greater impact or interest.

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