Cross stitch is an embroidery style that uses two diagonal stitches to form an x or cross. These crosses form to create a picture. Counted cross stitch has been around for hundreds of years and is one of the oldest forms of embroidery, traditionally using linen and thread to create samplers of words and sayings. Nowadays cross stitch kits can be either counted, printed or stamped and with the enormous choice of designs and kits available, the possibilities are endless.
Blackwork embroidery is one of the easiest forms of counted thread embroidery and dates back many centuries. The technique uses outline and infill stitches to create complex looking geometric patterns in any colour, despite the misleading name. Originally used to enhance clothing, Blackwork is now available in a wide range of designs and can be used to create fantastic needlework pieces. We have a good range of Blackwork kits to choose from including a range of Blackwork combined with counted cross stitch kits, the combination of the different stitches looks stunning.
Tapestry or Needlepoint is a form of embroidery where wool or yarn is stitched through mesh canvas. Although a variety of stitches can be used, most tapestries are worked using tent or half cross stitch. The design is usually printed directly onto the canvas but counted tapestry is available.
As finished tapestry or needlepoint is usually quite stiff, it is normally used for wall hangings, cushions, seat covers and bags.
The fabric or canvas count for tapestry is generally large count to accommodate the use of wool or yarn, this can affect the smaller details, very fine tapestry or needlepoint is known as petit point.
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