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If you are planning on doing a canvas embroidery art, the most fundamental stitching technique you should know is the Tent stitching method. Without tent stitching a canvas embroidery is incomplete. Tent stitching is majorly used as fillers, and by this single method you can produce seamlessly beautiful art works, which can be very suitable as home furnishing too.

 There are three variants of tent stitching- 1) half cross, 2) continental, 3)basketweave tent stitching. But the base of all three are the same. 


  • An embroidery hoop
  • Sewing needles of different sizes (as per need)
  • Pencil 
  • Small scissors 
  • Small pieces of cotton fabric
  • Normal cotton thread
  • Ruler 

Here we will show you the steps to get started with the most easy way of the basic half cross tent stitching.

  1. For tent stitching the materials required are a bit different. Here you will require Tapestry needles, needlepoint canvas, and needlepoint yarn.
  1. Tent stitch is actually very simple, in nutshell you just need to go up and down the canvas needlepoints diagonally. 

Start by coming up the canvas from point 1, and going down diagonally by point 2, again come up by point 3, and going down diagonally by point 4. 

The best way is to follow a visual cue:

This method like any other skill requires practice, at first you will be dependent on working diagrams, but with time, practice and experience you will be able to do it seamlessly, without looking for any visual diagram cue. Work with different coloured yarns to make simple patterns and designs at first, stitch linear, and then move to curves.

This stitching method can be done in horizontal rows, or vertical rows.


Continue working on each horizontal row from right to left till the finishing boundary of the fabric, before moving to the next one. When  each rows are complete, you have to make longer stitches on the back to create ridges that strengthen the needlepoint.


Vertical rows also are worked in the same manner as of horizontal rows ,but from top to bottom. And with a little twist, you will have to turn the canvas completely up side down to begin the next row. 

Tips for the left handed stitchers 

It is often difficult for the left handers to follow the diagram. So, for that you just need to make one change, put your needle from the opposite direction. Up from all the even numbers, and down to every odd number. Just opposite instructions to the right handers.

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