Crafting is an incredible way to calm your mind, and it has taken the world by storm. In fact, in 2017, there were seven to ten million quilters in America! Other crafts like knitting, crocheting, and needlework in general are no longer activities for old women in nursing homes. Nowadays, you can find teenagers, young adults, and children refining their craft. Channel your energy with these five common forms of needlework—you’ll be glad you did!
A lovely form of needlework, cross-stitching involves making X-shaped stitches to create a picture or design. There are two main types: counted cross-stitch and stamped cross-stitch. A counted cross-stitch pattern uses a gridded chart to show where each stitch should be made on the fabric—this is more of a number-based craft, as you’ll have to count the threads on the fabric to determine where to stitch. Stamped cross-stitch has a pre-determined print on the fabric, so all you have to do is stitch over the marks.
Probably one of the simplest forms of needlework, needlepoint is made up of a series of stitches on an open-weave canvas. Depending on your ability, the canvas can be blank or pre-printed with a design. Blank canvases require more counting and the utilization of a gridded chart, while painted canvases allow you to follow the printed colors. This artwork is ideal for pillows, ornaments, and wall hangings.
Crochet is one of the main needlework forms and has truly popularized in recent years. You’ll find crocheted pieces of clothing, blankets, and accessories—it’s a very versatile craft many people adore. There are many different fibers you can use for these projects, so you’re sure to create a wide array of products—Etsy, here you come! Grab your crochet hook and get started.
Representing creativity at its finest, embroidery is an embellishment on fabric created with needle and thread. Custom embroidery puts your imagination to the test as you create a design or picture using various stitching styles. Until you perfect your designs, it’s alright to use iron-on transfers and add a design to a towel, pillowcase, or other fabric. Getting started is quite easy—just pick up the right products (a hoop, fabric scraps, a needle, and embroidery floss) and you’ll be ready to go.
Instead of paying a big price for one of those big, chunky scarves for fall, knit your own for a much cheaper price! This art form has been used for centuries, and it continues to be a stress-relieving activity for many people. All you need is your yarn of choice and two knitting needles, and you’ll be on your way.
Whether you choose one of these needlework forms or want to try something different, such as quilting or tatting, Lindley General Store has the tools you need. From Canada quilting tools to various types of thread, we’ve got you covered!