Welcome to our brand-new stitching school! Every month we will be introducing you to a new stitch or technique so you can build on your skills and increase your repertoire. This time we're looking at tent stitch, the basis for most needlepoint designs. It is worked in rows and looks similar to half cross stitch. Once you've mastered it, you can make our lovely trio of cushions, inspired by the emblems of England, Scotland and Wales. The motifs are stitched on tapestry canvas using wool. Even if you’ve never tried your hand at needlepoint before, rest assured that it's quicker and easier than you might think. If you can cross stitch, then you can definitely do needlepoint: the main difference is that every part of the fabric is covered with stitches, essentially creating a new textile.