Needlepoint Swirl Stitch
A needlepoint swirl stitch is a diagonally flowing stitch that establishes a pattern on the canvas. There are a few ways to set up this pattern and we'll show you one of them.
|The Needlepoint Swirl Stitch partially stitched on the wave of this Pacific Wave handpainted needlepoint canvas.
|A pattern for a simple needlepoint swirl stitch. There are other patterns that are similar but larger.
This is an open needlepoint swirl stitch using a variegated thread.
It is an effective pattern for sky and water.
The stitch has a lot of movement in it which makes it useful for objects that flow, like clouds scuttling across the sky.
|This needlepoint swirl stitch uses two colors of thread - the blue is sky and the white represents fluffy clouds.|
The stitch can flow up and to the right or up and to the left, depending upon the direction you want it to take on your canvas.
|A pattern for a larger needlepoint swirl stitch which needs a bigger space for the pattern to get established. Note the stitches flow up and to the left, but they could easily be reversed.|