Stitch Types

There are three different stitches recommended for tapestry stitching, half cross tent stitch, continental tent stitch and basket stitch.  All Tina Francis Tapestry kits use half cross tent and continental tent stitch, if you wish to use basket stitch you will need to purchase more wool as the amount provided fits the recommended stitches only.

For both stitch types:-

From the back of the canvas push the threaded needle through to position one leaving a 2cm tail of wool behind the canvas.

Push the needle through position 2 and as you come back through to position 3 ensure that the downward stitch on the back of the canvas has captured the tail.

Keep trapping the tail with every stitch until it is completely secured this will keep the work neat from the back, likewise when you come to the end of a thread length turn the tapestry over and push the threaded needle under a few stitches and then snip off.


Congratulations, the stitching is finished and I bet it’s looking good! The final part of the process before turning your masterpiece into a cushion or getting it framed for your wall is called Blocking.

Take a look at your stitching - does the design look straight or is it looking a bit lopsided?  Never fear, you just need to block your work to bring it back square.  You will need a flat board of plywood or MDF, some nails or tacks or drawing pins (my favourite), a pencil (HB), a piece of white paper 48.5cm by 26.5cm

Using the HB pencil  draw a rectangle 48.5 cm by 26.5 cm onto the board and extend the corner lines

Place the paper onto the board, along with the extended lines this is your template to get your tapestry into shape.

Lay the tapestry front side down on the paper and lightly spray with distilled water, you are not drenching the wool merely dampening it.

Line the tapestry up with the paper

Starting at the top middle, place your first drawing pin about 8 holes above the top line of stitching, work outwards pinning every 2cm sothat the design top lines up with the paper; repeat for each side.

Leave to dry – this takes a few days – removing too soon will make the canvas distort again.

Once the tapestry is completely dry remove it from the board you are now ready to turn your tapestry into a cushion or frame it.

If blocking is not for you there are many professional tapestry blockers out there who can complete your blocking for you for a small fee.