There are numerous websites carrying a vast collection of free needlepoint designs. Trianglepoint is a form of embroidery in which a series of equilateral triangles are stitched in different colors to create geometric designs, three-dimensional designs or pictures. The term was coined by needlepoint designer Sherlee Lantz for her 1976 book Trianglepoint. Although the design of the triangle is simple to execute, the power of this technique is the ability to combine triangles together to create patterns and other shapes including hexagons, diamonds and parallelograms.
In counted-thread embroidery, patterns are created by making stitches over a pre-determined number of threads in the foundation fabric. Counted-thread embroidery is more easily worked on an even-weave foundation fabric such as embroidery canvas, Aida cloth, or specially woven cotton and linen fabrics although non-even-weave linen is used as well.
Cross-stitch is usually done from a pattern known as a chart. A chart may be packaged with the recommended fabric, thread and even embellishments to make a kit. There are many cross-stitch designers in the United States and Europe who are known by name among stitchers. Many of them maintain Web sites and keep in touch with possible customers, although usually the patterns are sold by shops and other distributors. Cross-stitch design has become possible for many hobby embroiderers with the advent of cross-stitch design computer software.