From what they have been telling me, I know that some left handed stitchers have great difficulty with their tapestry (needlepoint) stitching.
Wool, canvas, and needles do not have a right and left side – or a right and wrong. So why should it be more difficult? I wondered if they are trying to stitch in a right handed sort of way and maybe it would be easier if they just do it THEIR way. (But I am right-handed, what do I know…?)
Nevertheless, I have written some “No Fuss Instructions for Left Handed Tent Stitch” that might solve the problem.
The diagrams are simply a mirror image of right handed diagrams and I see no reason why they can’t be just as easy.
The ONLY difference is that the stitches will slope in the opposite direction from those by a right handed stitcher. There is nothing wrong with that; I don’t believe there is a rule that says which way the stitches should slope. The only rule is that they should all slope the same way on one tapestry!
(Actually, since writing that I have been contacted by an American Left-hander who tells me that for needlepoint exhibitions over there, there IS a rule and stitches sloping the wrong way would not win any prizes! So if that is what you have in mind – my instructions are not for you.)
On the other hand (No pun… etc.etc) I have been encouraged and thanked by another left-hander who had struggled for years and then found my instructions solved all the problems.
One Off Needlework No Fuss Left Handed Instructions. ©Wendy Hope-Falkner
You only have to ask. Email me if you would like a copy, and I will send you the diagrams free of charge.
But if American exhibition stitching intrigues you, we also have the original needlepoint stitching instructions from Anything Left Handed.
They are no longer printing them but we have their permission to make them available to you.
Email me if you would like a copy of these as well.
They look VERY complicated to me, which is why I looked for an easier way, but if you follow them, I believe your stitches will all slope the Correct Way.