Stitchery  – Where beautiful needle crafts can be created using various techniques of cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, or crewel to make handmade art  for your own use or as gifts.  Stitchery covers these examples and more, such as latch hook, quilting, macrame, and sewing.

Cross stitch:  This form of stitchery uses a counted-thread embroidery of X-shaped stitches in a pattern used to form a picture.  It is one of the oldest forms of embroidery and can be found all over the world.  In stamped cross-stitch you simply stitch over a design printed on the fabric.  Cross stitch stitchery has been used on dishcloths, household linens, and to make pictures for framing, to name a few.

Needlepoint:  This type of craft uses a slanted stitch of yarn on a stiff canvas with openings at regular intervals.  The history of needlepoint goes back to the ancient Egyptians who used this form of stitchery to sew up their canvas tents.  Today needlepoint is used in wall hangings, pillows, upholstery, holiday ornaments, purses and eyeglass cases due to the stiffer nature of the canvas.

Embroidery:   Encompasses the art of decorating fabric with needle and thread.  The origins of this form of stitchery is unknown but examples have survived from ancient Egypt, the Iron Age of Northern Europe and China.  Embroidery can be found on hats, dress shirts, denim, coats, sweatshirts, and golf shirts to name a few.

Crocheting:    This is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread by using a crochet hook.  It is believed that crochet evolved in Arabia, South America, or China, but there is no evidence of this form of stitchery until its popularity in 19th Century Europe.   Crochet has been used to make dollies, hats, scarves, and afghans.

Knitting:   A method in which thread or yard is turned into cloth or other crafts using two needles.  The earliest know example of the stitchery of knitting was cotton socks found in Egypt at the end of the first millennium AD.  This technique has been used to make sweaters, hats, scarves, and socks.

Crewel:   This is a form of surface embroidery using different embroidery stitches to follow a design outline on fabric and uses an embroidery hoop.  This stitchery technique is at least a thousand years old.   Most often used to decorate cushions, curtains, clothing and wall hangings.

Quilting:  Quilting is a method of sewing that joins two or more layers of fabric together making a thicker padded material.  Quilting can be done by hand or by sewing machine.  This type of stitchery usually consists of 3 layers:  the quilt top, batting or insulating material, and backing fabric.  The origin of quilting remains unknown but the techniques have been used for clothing and furnishings in parts of the world for several millenias.

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Whether you want to make a special gift for someone or relieve the stress of the day, these various forms of needle craft can make a wonderful hobby.  You can keep your mind sharp and active while creating great stitchery.