Needlepoint Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Needlepoint is a fun technique that produces unique designs using a needle and thread. This lesson plan teaches the basics of needlepoint to students before an activity gives students the chance to try needlepoint for themselves.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify items made with needlepoint
  • list the supplies needed to needlepoint
  • explain the basic steps for needlepoint


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.


Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.


Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.


  • Several examples of items created using needlepoint
  • Graph paper cut into 4'x4' squares
  • Colored pencils
  • Needlepoint canvas cut into 4'x4' squares
  • Needlepoint thread in assorted colors
  • Tapestry needles
  • Scissors
  • A short video demonstrating the act of creating a waste knot on a needlepoint canvas
  • A short video to demonstrate the continental and cross stitch for needlepoint

Key Vocabulary

  • Canvas
  • Needle
  • Stitch
  • Thread
  • Waste knot


  • Begin by displaying the examples of needle point for the class.
    • What do these items have in common?
    • Do any of you own any items that feature this unique technique? If so, please tell us about them.
    • How do you think they were created?
  • Explain the basics of needlepoint to the class as you list the necessary supplies and use the examples as a reference.
    • What types of items have you seen that have needlepoint designs or embellishments on them?
    • How many different designs could be created using needlepoint?

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