Star Stitch for Needlepoint

The star stitch for needlepoint or needlework can be used on needlepoint canvas, Aida cloth or linen.  Depending on the type of needlework fabric/canvas used the thickness of the yarn/thread needs to be adjusted.

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Needlepoint Star Stitch: Method of Completion

  1. The chart demonstrates 6 star stitches used to form a pattern.

  2. To work each star stitch patterns, start on the left of the canvas and come up in an empty hole at 1 and go down at 2, pulling the thread slightly to the left after you have gone through the hole. 

  3. Follow each pattern in a counter-clockwise direction and pull the thread slightly towards the hole you come up at each time you pass through the center of the hole .

  4. You will notice that only 2 of the stitches to make up the pattern are truly horizontal or vertical, the rest all travel in a diagonal direction across the canvas threads.

  5. Since all 8 stitches making up the pattern go through one central hole, you might want to use an awl or knitting needle to slightly enlarge the whole. This will help the yarn to pass through easier without snagging the stitches that have already been laid.

  6. You might want to experiment and use different color yarn for each star stitch pattern.

Star stitch Characteristics:

Best suited for: borders, grounding, accents, geometric and flower patterns


  • These Star stitch patterns are relatively slow to stitch since attention must be paid to the direction of each stitch forming the pattern and the single whole through which all 8 stitches must pass.

  • Depending on the yarn or thread used and the fabric/canvas count on which the pattern is applied, the texture created will be relatively light and the strength of the pattern strong. 

Experiment to see which effect you like the best.

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

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