This is a world that encompasses numerous styles including cross-stitch, tapestry, embroidery and needlepoint.
Cross-stitch, which is practiced all over the world, is said to be the oldest form of needlework, and features stitches in the shape of an x or + on fabric.
In the world of cross-stitch there is a current trend for more postmodern or tongue-in-cheek designs featuring retro images or contemporary sayings. Needlepoint is generally done on stiff canvas with openings at regular intervals.
Tapestry is traditionally woven on a vertical loom, using two sets of threads, running vertically and horizontally.
Then there is embroidery, in which designs are stitched either on top of or through fabric, and can sometimes involve decoration such as beads or sequins as well as the embroidery thread. Online you’ll find kits to try needlework or in any department store.
And if you are after inspiration, look out the work of American artist Kaffe Fassett, the first living textile artist to have a show at the V&A, who is known for his colourful designs in needlepoint, patchwork, knitting, painting and ceramics.