If you’re new to stitching, a needlepoint kit is a great way to get started today. Needlepoint kits contain everything you need to create your project; typically a printed tapestry, yarn, needles, and an instruction guide.
We’ve listed our favourite needlepoint kits below, most of which are suitable for beginners and are ready to go straight out of the box. You’ll find a mixture of designs, from cats and unicorns to a map of the London Underground – something to suit all tastes and abilities.
What is needlepoint?
Needlepoint is is a surface embroidery technique used on fine canvas. Needlepoint differs from embroidery by the way that it is always done by hand whereas embroidery can also be done using a machine. Needlepoint is commonly created using yarn as opposed to embroidery floss.
The level of detail in the needlepoint depends on the count of the underlying mesh canvas, this is usually fine (so lots of detail). Needlepoint uses a blunt tip tapestry needle – these needles come in a variety of sizes. Check out our needle size guide for more information.
Where to buy needlepoint kits
There are many places that are really convenient to buy needlepoint kits from, they often contain everything you need to get started right away.
Our favourite designers are mostly on Etsy, so we’d recommend there as a good place to start. But you can find needlepoint kits on Amazon too, we’ve also found some fabulous designs from Not on the Highstreet.
12 needlepoint kits
Cat needlepoint kits
Create this cute and hungry kitty! We love this abstract and almost blocky style. You can get familiar with using lots of colours too, so is great for those beginners looking to step up their game. The kit contains colour-printed 12 hpi canvas, Anchor and Appleton wools, a needle, and instructions. Perfect for any cat lover!
Unicorn needlepoint kits
This beginner needlepoint pattern is easy to create yet a very effective outcome. This needlepoint kit is great for newbies and also children who want to try their hand at the craft. This kit contains everything you need to make the cushion: large-holed canvas with stamped unicorn pattern for guidance, large needle, colorful yarn, backing fabric, and pillow stuffing. They also have other designs available too on their Etsy shop, you can also choose from a cat, a polar bear, a sloth, or a kitten – all just as cute as each other!
London tube needlepoint kits
We all know someone who adores London! But instead of getting the classic Union Jack gift why not give them this London Underground needlepoint tapestry instead. Stitch the intricacies of London’s great underground maze. This kit includes everything you need to create the tapestry but does not include the materials to make the cushion.
Revolution cushion needlepoint kits
We have to say this is one of the coolest cushions we’ve seen! Create this large tapestry needlepoint for your home or gift it to a friend, it’s certainly an eye-catching piece. This needlepoint kit is great for beginners and is completed with half cross stitch, making it a very therapeutic and easy pastime. This kit includes everything you need to create the tapestry but does not include the materials to make the cushion.
Fly needlepoint kit
This piece will certainly produce a buzz in any room of your home! This fly is certainly up there with the funkiest contemporary needlepoint kits we’ve seen. If you want to give this one a try, the kit contains a colour printed canvas, Anchor and Appleton wools, needle, and instructions – everything you need to complete the project!
Easy beginner needlepoint kit
Beginner needlepoint kits, Etsy, £26.83 (for two)
These cute needlepoint cards are perfect for beginners and children ages 8 and above. The kit contains everything you need to complete the project plus includes the cardboard frame which transforms into a display stand for your finished needlepoint! They would definitely make quirky greetings cards for your friends too.
Geometric needlepoint kit
Create this cool geometric pattern with this easy-to-follow needlepoint kit. The design is hand-painted on a piece of high-quality Zweighart cotton, ready to stitch straight away. This needlepoint kit makes this a lovely project for all skill levels. You could finish this project as a hanging for your wall at home, or you could continue on and make it into a cushion as demonstrated in the image above.
Buy the geometric needlepoint kit on Not on the Highstreet.
Early bird needlepoint kit
You know what they say… the early bird catches the worm! So, get your hands on this needlepoint kit before it’s too late! Create a cute cushion or simply hang it up as a framed piece in your home – this funky kit is definitely one for the early risers. The kit includes everything you need to make the tapestry, but not the materials to make the cushion.
Buy the bird needlepoint kit from Not on the Highstreet, £39.95
Vintage cushion needlepoint kit
Buy the vintage cushion needlepoint kit, Etsy, £63.41
This beautiful cushion needlepoint kit is perfect for beginners, it contains everything you need to create the vintage cushion straight away. It would look lovely in a quirky cottage or even a camper van! If you can bear to part with it, you could as a gift for anyone who loves all things retro.
Bee needlepoint kit
Make this buzzy bee needlepoint, the perfect addition to any bee-lovers home! The lovely design can be finished as a cushion as seen in the photo or you could frame it to hang on your wall or even give it as a gift! The kit contains everything you need to finish the tapestry (you’ll just need extra materials, however, if you’d like to finish it as a cushion).
Cactus needlepoint kit
We all love cacti, and they’re more popular than ever at the moment! This cactus needlepoint would make a lovely gift for a friend, or to spruce up your own home. Not to mention, this one will need even less water than a real one, hooray. This kit includes the cactus pattern, yarn, and instructions to make the tapestry, but doesn’t include the kit to make it into a cushion.
There you have it, our top needlepoint kits that you can get started on right away. We hope you’ve found your next project or been inspired by this list. We do have lots more inspiration around here too though if you’re still pondering what to do next. If you loved this article, you’ll enjoy these tapestry kits for beginners which contain our favourite tapestries available on the market. If you’re looking for more embroidery-based projects, try out our embroidery for beginners and this handy guide to embroidery stitches. We also have plenty of free patterns available, try our embroidery gifts or how to make placemats for a fun project, great to give to friends and family. Fancy trying your hand at machine embroidery? Find out the best embroidery machine on the market! Whatever project you take on next, keep coming back for new patterns and projects which are uploaded daily!