My post yesterday provoked a question via email as to why I had said you could use canvas stitches (needlepoint) on linen and did I have any online resources.
The ANG has a very good definition of canvas work or contemporary needlepoint as “any counted or free stitchery worked by hand with a threaded needle on a readily countable ground.”
The Needlepoint Now site has an online classroom which introduces the basics and tells you how to read canvas work stitch diagrams.
Stitchopedia is a comprehensive collection of directions on how to work canvas stitches.
Once you have explored a few stitches take a look at the the American Needlepoint Guild’s stitch of the month. Carole Lake of CHL Design has also published a stitch of the month series, with each stitch illustrated and stitched using contemporary techniques. I swear these two sites will keep you busy as I am sure you will see why I find the canvas work stitches so interesting as just like any of the “free style” embroidery stitches once you start exploring them you realise just how versatile they can be.
For inspiration Stitchamaze is a great online gallery site. Make a cuppa as this site will keep you busy for hours!