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What is the difference between needlepoint and embroidery?


They both use thread on fabric. The differences are in the stitches that are used and the finished products.

Needlepoint is used to make things like tapestry, or small wall hangings. It also can be used to make rugs, handbags, and other things. Needlepoint is a surface embroidery technique. Its basic stitch is like a half-stitch in cross stitching. Usually worked on very fine canvas, needlepoint is used to create upholstery, wall hangings, purses, rugs and more. It creates a look similar to that of tapestry, but instead of being woven on a loom, it is stitched by hand.

Needlepoint is most often done with yarn, but sometimes several strands of embroidery floss are used to achieve a different look. Canvas types include mono, penelope and interlock. The canvas is stretched on a frame to keep it pulled tight while working.
Embroidery has a greater variety of stitches used because of the end product. Embroidery is used in clothing, pictures, cases (i.e. scissor case) towels, handkerchiefs, and other things. Embroidery's roots are uncertain, but there is evidence that it goes back at least as far as the Iron Age. Elaborate embroidery designs in clothing were a sign of status in ancient and medieval times. Various forms of embroidery have been passed down through the generations in many cultures.

Embroidery has a greater variety of stitches used because of the end product. Embroidery is used in clothing, pictures, cases (i.e. scissor case) towels, handkerchiefs, and other things. Embroidery's roots are uncertain, but there is evidence that it goes back at least as far as the Iron Age. Elaborate embroidery designs in clothing were a sign of status in ancient and medieval times. Various forms of embroidery have been passed down through the generations in many cultures.

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