Needlework Crafts and Projects To Start Today

Needlework Crafts and Projects To Start Today

So nice to have you here!  I want to help teach you how to create needlework crafts like cross stitch and needlepoint to create amazing patterns and projects.

Discover a Love of Needlework 

I first picked up a needle before I was ten. That was over 40 years ago. And what a difference in the needlework world from over 40 years ago! The selection of colorful floss, fibers, and fabrics is staggering. 

Patterns range from a simple one page pattern using a few colors, to multiple page patterns using up to 240 colors! Fabrics colors are available in good 'ole white or any hand dyed color you could want.

Kits are available from all over the world. Even though the big box craft stores treat needlework crafts as a fading hobby, the stock in local needlework shops and online offerings show the craft is growing at an amazing rate. There are so many options available to feed your 'stitchy bug'! 

Cross stitch is probably the most popular needle art today since it is used to create  bookmarks, cards, Christmas ornaments and stockings, tablecloths and other household linens, and wall art.   Just making little x's can produce useful items such as table toppers as well as beautiful replications of art for your walls.

When a non-stitcher hears about these crafts, they think of needlepoint. Needlepoint is quick and easy, and needlepoint is now available in contemporary designs.  If you want more challenging needlepoint projects, cross stitch patterns can be worked in a basic needlepoint stitch. Just the materials used are different.  The designs and projects available are endless and are available in themes ranging from historic art, flowers, landscapes, animals, and holiday themed projects. 

Get Started!

If you just want to start stitching a project immediately, a kit is the way to go. Kits are available for counted cross stitch, stamped cross stitch,  needlepoint, and embroidery. 

Every stitcher has different needlework methodologies. Cross stitch supplies and accessories are in abundance to suit the various needs of stitchers.   Since needlepoint is becoming more popular again, needlepoint supplies are making more of an appearance in catalogs and online.  

No matter what the stitcher's experience level is, stitchers look for and love to learn about tips and techniques to make their crafts easier. From basic instruction and to how to read a pattern to learning about framing, there is no shortage of shortcuts and advice available.

Helpful Articles

Blackwork Embroidery - lessons and designs. By Carol Leather

My love affair with blackwork embroidery began about 40 years ago, when I spotted a school friend creating a beautiful black and golden frog. I have loved it ever since and am so happy that I now have an opportunity to share this wonderful needlework technique with you... Read more...

Types of Needlepoint Stitches [9 Major Groups] By  Valerie Woods, Needlework Guide

There are at least 9 major types of needlepoint stitches for canvas-work.  With a little attention to detail and some practice, you can easily master all of them.

So grab a piece of needlepoint canvas, threads of various strand and color, and lets get started. Read more...

Hand Dyed Fabrics. By Mel ~ Cross Stitch Review

Hand dyed fabrics; or why doesn’t the piece in my hand look anything like the picture on my screen?

Hand Dyeing Techniques

Very broadly speaking, there are two main types of techniques used to hand dye fabrics used in cross stitch:

  • Immersion – fabric is put in the coloured liquid.
  • Painting, including ice dying – coloured... Read more....

Kits versus Kitting it up. By Mel - Cross Stitch Review

The weekend the spotlight is on kits – is it best to buy a kit or buy the chart and materials separately?

Most of the designs I have reviewed so far are charts only because that is what I prefer to buy and I have a large enough stash that I usually have some fabric and threads to substitute to make it all work.  However there are times when a kit is really useful and ... Read more....

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Why I Love Cross Stitching. By Jennifer Diffley -

Cross stitching is seeing a major resurgence—here’s why it’s so fulfilling and why you should consider this hobby to spice up your life. 

If you have no idea what cross stitching is, it’s a type of needlework that uses small x-shaped stitches to create intricate works of art. Cross stitching was brought to America by English settlers around the 17th century. Needlework is part of our... Read more...

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Cross Stitch Design Theft. By Mel - Cross Stitch Review

There are rare thefts of floss or small embellishments from bricks and mortar stores, but nothing like the systematic and systemic theft of the designs. When you buy a design, either a paper chart or a digital download, you are paying for one copy of the chart.  Most designers allow you to make a working copy of the chart to enlarge and/or colour in. As you only bought one of the original design, you can only... Read more...