The Best Four Needlepoint Stitches for a Hill or Mountain

Stitching a mountain, whether steep or just a hill, is a matter of slope – It reminds me of the movie with Hugh Grant “The man who went up a hill & down a mountain.”  Not to ruin the movie for any Hugh Grant fans, but the town's “mountain” was just not high enough to qualify for the title, so the locals did some landscaping, and voila! Slope of the mountain is just as important for needlepoint. The stitch can make an area look flat, sloped or down right steep. Just eye ball the mountain you want to stitch. Use your hand or a straight edge to tell the slope. Is it just a small hill, or is it a steep mountain.

Misty Mountain by JulieMar Misty Mountain needlepoint by JulieMar

Misty Mountain" by JulieMar & Friends is a little landscape (5 x 5) that shows several stitches to use on slopes.  But which stitch is the best for the mountain slope on your design? 

Here are 4 stitches you can use on different slopes.  Pick the one that best suits your canvas.

Lavender FIelds by Maggie, co.

Lets start with "Lavender Fields" by Maggie, Co.  The purple sloping hills in the background are perfect for a Bargello stitch.  Use one that goes up and down gradually. 

Bargello Needlepoint Stitch

What do you do with a slightly steeper hill.  Or if you have 2 hills back to back.  "Amalfi Coast" by Laurie Ludwin is the perfect example.

Try different stitches for the 2 hills.  The best stitch for the dark green hill in the background is the Diagonal Cashmere.  It's a bit steeper.  The Diagonal Cashmere stitch also was used by Julie in the "Misty Mountain" canvas above (middle mountain).

Diagonal Cashmere needlepoint stitch

Use the Diagonal Scotch needlepoint stitch for the lighter green in the foreground.  The slope is just a bit flatter.

Diagonal Scotch needlepoint stitch

Finally, you have a true mountain.  It's steep and rocky.  The mountains in Louise Marion's "Mountain Lake" design do not need any additional landscaping to qualify as "mountains".

Mountain Lake needlepoint by Louise Marion

The Diagonal Roumanian needlepoint stitch is the best for these 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.  Just keep the entire stitch in the same color: the long diagonal line and the short crossing stitch.  This stitch also was used by Julie in "Misty Mountain" above (top mountain range).

Diagonal Roumanian needlepoint stitch to the right Diagonal Roumanian needlepoint stitch to the left

So, check out your mountain slope and decide which stitch is best for you.