Needlework is an excellent and useful past time and hobby. Not only do you have the change to create something very beautiful and elegant, but you can also use it to decorate your clothing, your furniture coves, your curtains, and other fabrics around the house. One of the most important parts of needlepoint stitching, however, is how you anchor your first needle point. Unless you are able to secure the thread at the first anchor, the rest of the needlepoint work will look shabby and will easily fall apart. Here are the three best ways to make your first stitch.
- Waste knot. The waste knot is perhaps one of the most popular ways of knotting the first needlepoint stitch. With the waste knot, you simply need to find a space in the fabric that is several spaces besides where you will actually make the initial stitch. To make the waste knot, you first need to place the thread into the needle. Afterwards, create a small little knot at the end of the thread. Insert the needle a few centimeters away from where you will actually make your first knot, and then create several stitches in the area until you are able to find the tail of the knot. Once you have found the tail of the knot, the final step is to take your scissors and nip off the excess thread.
- Away knot. Apart from the waste knot, you should also consider using the away knot. The away knot is used usually for decorative stitching, especially when you are working with canvass that is very taut. You need to make sure that you place the initial stitch an inch or two away. Like the waste knot, you need to make sure that there is a knot at the end of the thread. Insert the thread upwards and then return the needle to the bottom of the fabric. The next time you move the needle up again, make sure that it is in the location where you are planning on beginning your stitch.
- Anchor stitch. Finally, you can also start off your needlepoint stitch with the anchor stitch. The anchor stitch is usually used when the fabric is too tight and does not allow you to make knots at the end of the thread at all, or when the fabric is too lose, and knotting the end of the thread will not do anything to anchor the stitch. With the anchor stitch, you simply create five anchor stitches in the same place, which will effectively lock the stitch in place.
- Trimming. Finally, be sure that you always trim the excess thread at the bottom of the canvass after you have finished anchoring the first needlepoint stitch. This way, you will be able to work with your needlepoint without having to worry about snagging your needle in the thread that you have anchored.
With these steps, you should be able to anchor your first needlepoint stitch no matter the type of design, fabric, or thread you are using. With a little practice, you should be able to perform these various types of needlepoint anchors without needing instructions.