photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

Have you ever found yourself staring at that canvas you loved so much in the needlepoint shop that you HAD to buy it and found that you had no idea how to stitch it?

I have and I bet you have too.

Or do you find yourself wishing that you had a clever idea for a background? Are you stuck wondering what to do to stitch an area on a canvas? Or do you long for someone else to do the work of picking out threads and colors for you?

photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

That’s where Needlepoint Stitch Guides comes in. A stitcher since 1970, Janet Perry has tried just about everything in needlepoint, discovering new methods and techniques along the way. Now she’s bringing her experience, knowledge, and love of needlepoint directly to you through her exciting stitch guide products.

Here you’ll find all kinds of custom and standard options, some costing as little as $3. You can buy already written guides (printed or as PDFs) for canvases from popular designers. You can get help with threads, backgrounds, or just an area or two on a canvas. You can learn fun techniques to make your needlepoint shine.

You can learn about available stitch guides by clicking on the categories links at the bottom of the page.

You can even order a custom stitch guide. Janet creates guides that are just for you. These guides are customized to your stitching level, your likes and dislikes, your LNS, and even to your stash. She can even help you make modifications to the canvas to make it just what you want. This level of customization has never been available at this popular price.

photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

Help with stitches and threads is one of the biggest needs of stitches, yet many shops are reluctant to create them or don’t carry many guides already written. Or perhaps you have bought a guide and been dissatisfied. The guides are incomplete, don’t include diagrams, or don’t create the look you want. With a guide from Napa Needlepoint you will have everything you need. No more discontinued threads, missing diagrams, or incomplete guides — you’ll have what you need when you need it.

Let’s get started. Use the indexes listed on the on the bottom of the page to search for products by designer, type of guide, or for those products on sale. You can even get sneak peeks of my latest projects.

Let’s get stitching . . .


  1. Patrick E. Burns
      June 25, 2015

    Just want directions on types of stiches & techniques

  2. napaneedle
      October 20, 2015

    This site is narrowly focused on the subject of stitch guides for needlepoint.

    My main blog, Nuts about Needlepoint, http://www.nuts-about-needlepoint has TONS of information on techniques, lots of stitch diagrams, free projects, and reviews. I think it will be lots of use to you.

    Keep Stitching,

  3. Michele R Bailey
      October 22, 2015

    Looking for needlepoint stitch guide for Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC, painted canvas

  4. Barbara Allen
      July 26, 2017

    Hi Janet, here to request guidance pn another canvas amd realized i’m not sure I told you how totally happy I am with “quick helps” you provided for me on the “Big Cat On A Pink Couch” canvas. It’s still a WIP but the stitch you suggested for the couch is perfect! Much thanks, Barbara

  5. Suzie Thom
      November 18, 2017

    I wish to see the different types of needlepoint canvas (pictures) and the types of yarns or thread needed to complete a project. I have a canvas that has more thread/yarn squares than I have seen before. This, hand painted canvas, project did not come with thresad/yarn or instruction. It is a french canvas.

  6. napaneedle
      November 20, 2017

    Lots of information about threads and canvases can be found on my other sites. You can get to them all on my gateway site at http://www.needlepoint.guru.

    Painted canvases typically do not come with a thread key and only include threads if they are sold as kits. Many French canvases are printed onto the canvas, not painted and can have many colors in them. They are usually on Penelope canvas which can be recognized by having threads in pairs.

    You can stitch needlepoint with dozens of different threads. However if there are many colors in this piece or you are unsure of what size of thread you need, I suggest either cotton embroidery floss or stranded French silk from Au Ver a Soie. Both come in many colors and can be thinned or thickened according to what is needed for the mesh you have.

    Good Luck!

    Keep stitching,

  7. Susan Conlon
      January 26, 2018

    Hello Iam looking for stitch guide for Girl in a Boat Jon Johannsen my sister bought this and it has no guide .Could you help me? Please

  8. napaneedle
      April 14, 2018

    First check on Melissa Shirley’s site to see if there is a guide available. If there isn’t one contact me directly and I can quote you a price on a guide.

    Keep stitching,

  9. Sherry Larson
      February 20, 2019

    Hello Janet!
    Is there a stitch guide available for your Charley Harper “Winter.”

  10. napaneedle
      February 20, 2019

    I don’t have one but I am happy to write a custom guide for you. Just use the stitch guide request to get a free quote for a guide.

    Keep Stitching,

  11. Di
      March 22, 2021


    I love the idea of using quilt block patterns for long stitch needlepoint. Have collected 9 barn star designs and want to use. How best to keep to exact block size (repeated)Should I use pre printed grid canvas or plain and methodically count

    Any advice please and thank you

  12. napaneedle
      March 23, 2021

    I don’t know of any company that makes gridded canvas these days. What I would do is count out the finished size you want. Then make the straight lines within the block. Then make the lines on the true diagonal. Finally use a straight edge to make any lines that are not on the true diagonal.

    Keep stitching,

  13. Jo Ann Millenson
      February 16, 2022

    I am very interested in a canvas I saw that I think was titled Florida beach.. it had irregular layers of different materials ( threads and beach objects). In shades of blues and tans…

  14. Jo ann Millenson
      February 16, 2022

    Having difficulty w/ communicating w/ u.. I filled in my name and email address as marked but do not have a website. Please advise

  15. napaneedle
      February 16, 2022

    The best ways to get in touch with me are to use the stitch guide request form or to use the contact info.

    Keep stitching,

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