This is an indispensable practical guide to all the different needlecrafts. It shows how to quickly and easily master the traditional skills and techniques of quilting, applique, cross-stitch and needlepoint. It contains inspiring projects to practise the techniques, with over 1500 step-by-step photographs. This practical guide brings together in one volume the very best of traditional and contemporary needlework. It encompasses a full range of techniques, including embroidery, needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique, tapestry, knitting and crochet. Each section of the book provides a full introduction to the craft it describes, making this an invaluable companion for new and experienced needlecrafters alike. Over 200 easy-to-follow projects cover a wonderful range of decorative and useful items, from cross-stitch samplers, embroidered curtains and applique cushion covers to quilted throws and knitted scarves. Inspirational examples are featured throughout, to illustrate a particular stitch or technique and to show the flexibility and diversity offered by the craft.