For the month of May, I’d like to introduce the waffle mini needlepoint sampler.

If you have been following the blog, then you will remember the mini sampler series was introduced in January. You can find all the previous samplers in the right sidebar under categories – mini samplers.

The Colour Complements mini needlepoint sampler series was inspired by the American Needlepoint Guild program “holed up minis”.  If you are not familiar with this program, small projects are introduced on the ANG website. The best part is that these resources are complimentary to members and non-members. 

The Holed Up Minis that is offered by the American Needlepoint Guild features various patterns from designers. They are generously given and made available online to keep stitchers focused on positive things during COVID-19. 

This type of stitch pattern is suited for more experienced stitchers, but those looking to advance in their craft can use this as a challenge! Once you have mastered the stitch pattern, you can use it for future projects. I think it would a fantastic way to add texture and depth to any needlepoint project.

Let’s talk about this waffle mini needlepoint sampler

With this particular needlepoint sampler, I wanted to demonstrate how you can use only ONE stitch and play with the placement of colours. 

There are 7 waffle stitches across and 7 down on 18-count canvas. I opted to choose a darker palette of colours for something a bit different.  I think this would be a great palette for an autumn-themed canvas.

I did not include a diagram of the waffle stitch in my PDF as the program I use has limited capabilities.  Having said this, google waffle stitch and you will find a variety that is well charted for you to follow. 

Colours used in the sampler include seven colours in size 5 Perle cotton.  These include colours 44, 45, 58, 183, 186, 188 and 189.

AND, just in case you want to see some other samples I stitched when I first started needlepoint.  Both of these were stitched with leftover “bits” AND the waffle stitch!


Why not download the waffle mini needlepoint sampler and give it a try? Here are what the threads look like.


Stay tuned next month for another mini!

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