Needlepainting goes by several other names, including thread painting, long and short stitch shading, and silk shading. Needlepainting is a technique used for filling areas realistically and for “painting” images with needle and thread.
The stitch commonly used in needlepainting is long and short stitch, although other stitches are sometimes employed to achieve a realistic look to the image.
Needlepainting can achieve very fine, artistic detail. The technique is sometimes combined with goldwork to good effect.