Tent stitch

Tent stitch is a small, diagonal needlepoint stitch that crosses over the intersection of one horizontal (weft) and one vertical (warp) thread of needlepoint canvas forming a slanted stitch at a 45-degree angle. It is also known as Needlepoint stitch and is one of the most basic and versatile stitches used in Needlepoint and other Canvas work embroidery. When worked on fine weave canvas over a single warp and weft thread it is known as Petit point in contrast to stitches, such as Gobelin, worked over multiple warp and/or weft threads.

"Petit point" comes from the French language, meaning “small point” or "dot".

Tent stitch variants

Basketweave tent stitch
Continental tent stitch
Half cross tent stitch

There are three types of tent stitch, all producing the same appearance on the front of the canvas but each worked in a slightly different way and having particular characteristics, uses, benefits and drawbacks. These variants of tent stitch are known as basketweave, continental and half cross tent stitches:[1]


  1. Fasset, Kaffe Glorious Needlepoint 1987 London, Century Hutchinson ISBN 0-7126-3041-4
  2. Russell, Beth William Morris Needlepoint 1995 New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-5177-0166-9
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