Needlepoint is a form of embroidery, made stronger by being stitched on canvas. Well known embroidery stitches are supplemented by an array of new techniques and beautiful yarns.
The degree of difficulty is up to you. You do not need experience or complex equipment to enjoy needlepoint. Smaller or simpler pieces are perfect to work on while travelling or on vacation.
Needlepoint is often incorrectly referred to as tapestry. You can call it “canvaswork”, but genuine tapestry is woven on a loom over a background of vertical threads.
The earliest examples of needlepoint date from the 16th century, often produced as decorative strips, or “slips”, which were then stitched onto curtains or samplers. In later years, as houses grew more comfortable and better furnished, needlepoint developed into an interior artform in its own right, used on cushions, chair and stool covers, rugs and firescreens.