The Best Four Needlepoint Stitches for a Hill or Mountain

Stitching a mountain, whether steep or just a hill, is a matter of slope. The stitch can make an area look flat, sloped or downright steep.

Eyeball the mountain you want to stitch. Is it a small hill or a steep mountain?

needlepoint stitches for hills and mountains

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

Misty Mountain needlepoint canvas

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

Great Needlepoint Stitches For Slopes

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

Lavender Fields by Maggie, co.

1. Bargello

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 in this Bargello pattern.  

Bargello Needlepoint Stitch

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.

mountain lake needlepoint 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

So, check out your mountain slope and decide which of these stitches is best for you.

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