Needlework is another term for the handicraft of decorative sewing and textile arts.Needlework includesPatchworkPatchwork or “pieced work” is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design. The larger design is usually based on repeat patterns built up with different colored shapes. Patchwork embroidery has been in vogue for decades and gained immense popularity during Great Depression, as it was the only method to recycle worn clothing into warm quilts. This embroidery has traditionally been sewn together by hand, but with the change in technology and to cash on the benefits of mass production. Patchwork is most often used to make quilts, but it can also be used to make bags, wall-hangings, warm jackets, skirts and other items of clothing. Some textile artists work with patchwork, often combining it with embroidery and other forms of stitchery.KnittingKnitting is a craft by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth. Knitting may be done by hand or by machine. Flat knitting, which is done on two straight needles, produces a length of cloth, while circular knitting, which is done on circular or double-pointed needles, produces a tube of cloth. Knitted cloth is made out of yarn, a length of continuous fibres. Yarn for knitting can be made from any number of natural or synthetic fibres. Most knitting needles (also called knitting pins) are long, slender sticks with either one or two tapered ends used to hold and bring the working yarn through active stitches.EmbroideryEmbroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with designs stitched in strands of thread or yarn using a needle. Embroidery stitches are the smallest units in embroidery, embroidery patterns are formed by doing many embroidery stitches, either all the same or different ones, either following a counting chart on paper, following a design painted on the fabric or even working freehand. Blackwork Embroidery is a simple form of embroidery, stitched in black thread on white or off-white fabric.Cross StitchCross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch [http://www.needleworkcraftshop.co.uk/c39050/Counted-Cross-Stitch.html] is the most popular form of hobby embroidery in the western world. It lends itself well to recreational use, as it is easy to learn and very versatile. Traditionally, cross-stitch was used to embellish items like dishcloths, household linens, and doilies. Modern cross-stitch designs often make extensive use of colours in many shades. When using fine fabric and thread this can create very realistic effects, almost like paintings, if that is desired.TapestryTapestry is woven by hand on a weaving-loom. Most weavers use a naturally based warp thread such as linen or cotton. The weft threads are usually wool or cotton, but may include silk, gold, silver, or other alternatives. Tapestry [http://www.needleworkcraftshop.co.uk/c38801/Tapestry.html] is commonly (though incorrectly) applied to embroidered items made in canvas work such as needlepoint. Canvas work can look very much like tapestry.
All handmade jewelry is unique, but not all of this jewelry is created equally. There are some major differences in quality depending on the method that was used to create the jewelry and the skill of the jewelry maker.There are two main ways that handmade jewelry is created. One method involves using glue or epoxy to attach beads and trinkets to the bracelet or necklace pendant. This is the most commonly found method of making handmade jewelry because it is the easiest type of jewelry making to do. However, it has some major quality issues.First, the beads and trinkets can easily come off with a small amount of force. They may also simply fall off when the glue or epoxy fails over time, which will eventually happen if your jewelry even lasts that long. They can also come off the jewelry in the shower or pool because getting the glue or epoxy wet breaks it down.The up side to having this type of handmade jewelry is that you will be able to fix it yourself. All you need is a bit of super glue or epoxy and you can stick that bead or fake gem right back in place. If, that is, you can find it when it falls off. Otherwise the piece becomes ugly and fairly useless, and is basically just trash.The other popular method of handmade jewelry making is wire wrapping. There are no sauntering irons or epoxies used in this method of jewelry making. Instead, the high quality wire is twisted and looped on itself in and around the beads and stones used in making the jewelry. This means that they will not come off. There is no risk of a weld coming loose or a piece coming off. Everything is firmly in place with the wire looping.About the only thing you have to worry about with wire wrapped jewelry is if the wire somehow breaks. This is highly unlikely, and would require some excessive force or wire cutters to accomplish. However, if it did happen, the piece would not be repairable in most cases. In some cases it may be able to be welded back together, but the weld would likely not hold for a long period of time. In addition, the weld may be visible depending on where the break is, taking away from the inherent beauty of the jewelry.It is fairly clear from these examples which type of handmade jewelry is of the higher quality. Wire wrapped jewelry wins hands down every time. You can distinguish wire wrapped jewelry very easily. If you are ever in doubt, ask the maker what method was used in creating the jewelry. Even though it is not as easy to be repaired, it is much more durable and typically more beautiful, making it a much higher quality jewelry.