Needlepoint stitches for hills and mountains

Four Fab Needlepoint Stitches For Slopes

Stitching a slope, whether a hill or a mountain, is a matter of gradient. The stitch you choose can make an area look gently-sloped or downright steep.

Eyeball the mountain you want to stitch - line your finger up along the contour. Is it a small hill or a steep mountain?

 misty mountain  

Misty Mountain (above), by JulieMar & Friends, is a landscape design  (5" x 5") that shows several stitches to use on slopes. 

Which stitch is the best for the mountain slope on your design? 

Four Fabulous Needlepoint Stitches For Slopes

Here are four needlepoint stitches you can use on different slopes.  Pick the one that best suits your canvas...

1. Bargello

lavender fields needlepoint canvas

The purple sloping hills in the background of this Lavender Fields needlepoint design by Maggie Co. are perfect for a Bargello stitch.  Use one that goes up and down gradually, like this Bargello pattern. 

Bargello needlepoint pattern


2. Diagonal Cashmere

The Diagonal Cashmere needlepoint stitch is a great choice for a steeper hill. 

This stitch was used in the Misty Mountain canvas above (on the middle mountain).

diagonal cashmere needlepoint stitch

3. Diagonal Scotch Stitch

The Diagonal Scotch stitch has a slightly flatter slope than the Diagonal Cashmere. However, it complements the Cashmere stitch, so these two stitches make a great pair when you have two sets of mountains or hills, one in front of the other, like this Amalfi Coast design by Laurie Ludwin.

Amalfi Coast needlepoint design

Use the Diagonal Scotch needlepoint stitch for the lighter green hills in the foreground (and the Diagonal Cashmere stitch for the darker green hills behind).

Diagonal Scotch needlepoint stitch

4. Diagonal Roumanian Stitch

Finally, you have a true mountain.  It's steep and rocky, like those in Louise Marion's Mountain Lake design.

The Diagonal Roumanian needlepoint stitch is a great choice for steep mountains.  You can go in either direction with this stitch, just follow the mountain slope.  And, you can change the colors as you progress from the blue/purple mountains to the snow.  (But keep each stitch component in one color: both the long diagonal line and the short crossing stitch). 

This stitch was also used in Misty Mountain above (the top mountain range). The diagram below shows this stitch to the left, but you can also angle it the other way.

Diagonal Roumanian needlepoint stitch

Decide which needlepoint stitch is the best one for the hill or mountain on your canvas.

Landscape needlepoint designs for sloping stitches