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All About Needlework - Free Instructions, Patterns, Project Ideas and More!

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Our website is home to a delightful variety of needlework designs, free project ideas, free patterns and free instructions. We invite you to make good use of all the free resources and information we offer. Enjoy!

Crochet

Crochet Is a Popular Needlework Technique Worked Using a Hook, AKA A Crochet Needle
Crochet Is a Popular Needlework Technique - Photo © Amy Solovay

Crochet is a popular needlework technique which is worked using a crochet hook; some people also refer to this tool as a "crochet needle." Whatever you call it, it's a low-tech instrument for producing exquisite, versatile projects you can use in a wide variety of different ways.

Favorite crochet projects include granny squares, afghans, shawls, baby blankets, baby booties, hats, scarves, socks, and crocheted flowers. There are many more possibilities.

Pictured here: I'm working on crocheting a cotton dishcloth. The free crochet pattern is available right here on our website, along with a step-by-step tutorial. We make many other free crochet patterns and crochet tutorials available for you.

Free Crochet Resources:

Knitting

With just a couple of knitting needles and a ball of yarn, you can make magic!

Knitted projects can enhance your home, your wardrobe and your life. Popular knitting projects include sweaters, scarves, hats, and socks. Projects range from simple to complex; with this hobby, there's a lot of room to grow creatively.

The following resources will help you explore the world of knitting:

Sewing

Needlework Techniques: Hand Sewing a Straight Stitch
Needlework Techniques: Hand Sewing a Straight Stitch - Photo © Rain Blanken

We have two fantastic sites that cover the topic of sewing. If you're interested in sewing anything and everything, you'll definitely want to visit the sewing site. If you want to sew your own clothes, be sure to check out the DIY fashion site too. Here are some highlights from these amazing sites:

Cross Stitch

"A Is for Apple" Cross Stitch Design
"A Is for Apple" Cross Stitch Design - Photo and Free Chart Are Both © Connie Barwick

Cross stitch is a fun and relaxing craft that anyone with a bit of patience can succeed at.

Favorite cross stitch projects include samplers, wall art, cards, Christmas stockings and bookmarks. Want to learn more? The following resources will help:

Needlepoint

Original Needlepoint Patterns by Cheryl Fall
Needlepoint Patterns -- Image and All Charts © Cheryl Fall

If you're interested in exploring interesting options for color and pattern through needlework, needlepoint is a fabulous option. Well-executed needlepoint projects can lend an air of timeless elegance to a room; they're sure to impress everyone who encounters them.

Popular needlepoint projects include pillows, bags, samplers, wall art, Christmas stockings, bookmarks, seat covers and upholstery; find more needlepoint project ideas here.

Needlepoint Resources:

Embroidery

Needlework -- Embroidery
Embroidery -- Photo © Cheryl Fall, Your Guide to Embroidery at About.com

You can use embroidery to enhance any type of fiber art project: linens, clothing, accessories, quilts, and anything else you can think of. It's fun to incorporate embroidery into other types of needlework projects; for example, you can work French knots onto crocheted granny squares.  If you'd like to learn more about embroidery, check out any of the following pages:

Free Embroidery Patterns:

Learn Embroidery Stitches:

Types of Embroidery:

Miniatures

Miniature Needlework for Dolls
Miniature Needlework for Dolls - Photo and Free Crochet Pattern © Amy Solovay

Anything at all can be made in miniature, including needlework. The following links will help you to explore miniature needlework:

Quilting

Quilting is a fantastic way to enhance both your home decor and your wardrobe. The following resources will help you learn more about quilting:

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