Updated March 14, 2020.
Recently I got asked about this by a beginning stitcher on a budget who would like to use Cross Stitch charts as a less expensive alternative to pricey hand-painted canvases.
The answer to the question “Can I Use Cross Stitch Charts for Needlepoint?” is Yes, but . . .
In looking at using cross stitch charts on needlepoint canvas first you need to evaluate the chart.
By looking at the chart & checking these things, you’ll be able to find charts that will convert easily to needlepoint. The charts pictured in this post are all free cross stitch charts I found on Pinterest. Click the picture to go to the pin.
- Are all the stitches whole stitches? You cannot make 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 cross stitches on needlepoint canvas. If a chart has these, it is not suitable for conversion to needlepoint as is.
- Look at the Backstitching on the chart. In Cross Stitch Backstitch is often used to outline stitched areas. When this is the case, it can safely be left out of your needlepoint.
- If Backstitch is used to make small details over Cross Stitches, features on a face for example, these stitches can be made over your needlepoint.
- In many Cross Stitch charts lines of Backstitch are used to make thin lines that stand on their own. Converting these to needlepoint is not easy. If a chart has these I don’t recommend it for use in needlepoint.
If your chart is suitable for needlepoint stitching from it is easy. Every block of the chart is one needlepoint Tent Stitch. A block on the chart equals one intersection on the canvas instead of one block of the fabric.
So you just stitch it as charted.
There are many great charts out there that use whole stitches only. I have a group of Pinterest boards that have many of them. They are:
- Miscellaneous charts
- Christmas & Hearts
- Easter & Christian
- Ethnic & Flags
- Plants & Animals
- Quaker, Sampler & Sayings
- Houses & Buildings
- Vintage, Squares & Biscornu
Go out and stitch something fun!