The term “needlework” is used to describe a variety of crafts that use a needle and colored floss or yarn to stitch. Yet while needlework crafts are based on the same concept, there are differences that set each type of needlework apart.
Embroidery uses floss to create a design or picture using various styles of stitches. Often embroidery is done on fabric stamped with a pre-printed design, and you stitch over the lines and fill in the shapes. It is also common to use iron-on transfers to add a design to a towel, pillowcase, or other fabric for embroidery. Designs may also be stitched free-hand.
Plastic canvas designs use yarn stitched on a plastic mesh canvas. Designs are stitched from a gridded chart, much like in counted cross-stitch. Plastic canvas can be used to create two-dimensional projects, such as wall hangings or coasters, or pieces can be joined together for 3-D creations like tissue box covers or pencil holders. A gridded chart is used to indicate where the stitches should be made.