Needlepoint, or embroidery on an open-mesh base known as a canvas, is used in making pictures, pillows, rugs, purses, and upholstery. Embroidery is one of the most popular types of needlework. Generally, it is the art of decorating a background material with designs using various forms of ornamental stitches. And, needlework, in general, refers to all types of crafts done with a needle, whether by hand or machine. Needlework covers a wide range of techniques, styles, and materials.