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About NeedleKnowledge

Cheryl Fall - NeedleKnowledge - Photo by Mary NeviusAbout NeedleKnowledge and your web host…

This site was created by Cheryl Fall as a way to bring information on embroidery and needlepoint to a central location. It is a labor of love – and obviously a work in progress, as the site is built, one Knowledge Nugget, Free Pattern, and Stitch Diagram at a time…

She has been designing professionally for over 20 years, and has worked extensively in the how-to and creative industries as a designer and illustrator. She’s the author of more than a dozen how-to books and well over 2,000 how-to articles for publication and creates how-to illustrations for a variety of publishing houses and manufacturers, and is a member of EGA (Life Membership).

Cheryl stitches every pattern, shoots the photos, creates the free patterns, and illustrates the stitch diagrams herself – and shares them with you here on the NeedleKnowledge site.

As a former Guide for About.com, the designer has been responsible for both the Needlepoint and Embroidery sites, designed for Coats & Clark/Anchor and DMC Threads.

Cheryl was also the host of The Creative Life with Cheryl Fall, a nationally-distributed PBS ‘Plus’ program. The how-to program aired 78 episodes across the US as well as in some parts of Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico, and was the first of its genre to receive the PBS Plus designation.

Cheryl resides in Washougal, WA – near the mighty Columbia River along the  Washington/Oregon border. She has been happily married for 30+ years to her husband Tony,  has two grown and married daughters, several grandchildren and one spoiled orange tabby named Rambo who thinks he rules the roost.

Hobbies include stitching, thinking about stitching, dreaming about stitching, and travel with visits to local needlework stores always on the itinerary. Cheryl and her husband extensively, and she has visited independent needlework stores around the United States and Canada, Mexico, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg and other international locations.

If you have a question or request, please use the form below to send a message.


  1. Sally Dunio
    December 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I foolishly cut a canvas into 3 pieces.Would like to return to one piece.
    Is there a way to connect 18 count canvas with out a bump,so that a design
    could hide the mistake? Sally

    • Editor Needleknowledge
      January 4, 2015 at 6:40 am - Reply

      To do that, there would need to be an overlap – and hence a bump. I recommend just starting with a fresh piece and using the mis-cuts for another project – don’t throw them away or waste them.

  2. Barb Hanson
    January 18, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I am planning on stitching your Red Quaker Sampler. Which colour do you suggest doing the back stitching in – the light or dark colour? Thanks for a great design.

  3. PAT Schutt
    February 26, 2015 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Cheryl Fall
    I seem to be signed up for your newsletter, but don’t recall receiving any. How often do you send emails? Anyway, do love your site. Thank you for all the good and clear information and illustrations.
    All the best

  4. Wendy Fossa
    March 9, 2015 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I love your pink handled embroidery scissors! Can you tell me what brand they are? Thank you.

  5. Peggy MacLeod
    March 11, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I am teaching a girl scout troop basic sewing skills, focusing on running, back, satin, and blanket stitching by hand.We are using them to create doll faces. I found your illustrations on those stitches on line and would like to include them in my handout, with attributions to you as the copyright holder. I would also like to post my handout on either a blog that I intend to create or on my DIY dolls pinterest page (pezzegy). I do not sell any items; I only provide information at no cost. I would be happy to send you a copy of the handout for your approval if needed. Please advise.

  6. Pip Reid
    March 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I would like to teach basic embroidery stitches using your Redwork BOM Quilt. Please would you advise me on this as I would not want to break any Copyright rules. I find your site very informative as I am also busy studying to be an Accredited teacher with the WA Embroiderers’ Guild. Thank you for your advise in advance. I have already subscribed to your mailing list.

  7. Rachel Duke
    March 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Dear Ms. Fall,

    I am co-owner of a Yahoo group, World of Charity Stitching, where we stitch cross stitched pieces to be made into lap quilts, tote bags, walker/wheelchair bags for seniors in nursing homes and for children in a domestic violence shelter (and a Ronald McDonald House). We very much like the ice cream stick series patterns you posted on needlepoint.about.com and assume you are the designer, and so would like to ask your permission to be able to share these designs within our group to stitch these for a quilt for our charities. This would most likely take place this year as a Stitch-a-long project for our members.
    We would appreciate it very much if we can do this.
    You can view our blog and see some of the work we have been doing and are
    still doing: http://www.worldofcharitystitching.blogspot.com/

    Thank you, Rachel Duke

  8. Pip Reid
    March 29, 2015 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Please refer to above request.

  9. Peggy Gibbs
    March 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Our Yahoo group, World of Charity Stitching, would like to stitch your ice cream series as a project for a lap quilt. We are asking for your permission to do this. The quilt would be donated to a senior care facility when it is completed.
    Peggy Gibbs
    Co-owner, WOCS

  10. Mary Anne
    April 22, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Cheryl
    I have been trying to find a way to reach you in order to ask permission to use a few of your embroidery stitch diagrams in an article I am writing for beginning crazy quilters for the ‘Crazy Quilt Quarterly’ magazine. Your diagrams are the best I’ve found so I would love to use them in my article, giving you full credit of course. If you could contact me at the above address I will give you more information about what I’m hoping for.
    Thanks so much!
    Mary Anne

  11. Pat Roper
    May 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I love the Algerian eye stitch. Should I stitch it with slanted stitches next to it?

  12. Lee J
    May 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Hi Cheryl,
    I watched several episodes of “The Creative Life” when it was still on years ago. I’ve been trying to find any way if you have them on DVD for sale? I would LOVE to buy and rewatch all of them again. If there is any information you can give me I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks a bunch. I love your stuff.

  13. Patty Hurwitz
    June 18, 2015 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Cheryl, I could not find a contact email for you, but wanted to let you know that I have posted NeedleKnowledge under the Resources/TSV Schoolhouse Classes/Online Teaching Resources. Hope that is OK! Would love to work with you on something between the sites!

  14. Ruthann Will
    July 8, 2015 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Ms Fall
    I stumbled on your embroidered nativity set on about.com last week and have been trying to find the remaining two parts–shepherd and barnyard animals–and having no luck. Can you point me in the right direction. I collect nativities of all kinds, in different methods of capture, and make them in other forms than what they have been designed for. I want to add your set to my collection. Thank you
    Ruthann Will

  15. Cindy Zugg
    July 31, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Please help me! I am trying to print the four PDF patterns for the Needlepoint Doodle charts. No luck for me! They are done on the brown 14 count canvas with DMC #5 perle cotton. I love them so much I have the supplies ready to stitch and I can not get the patterns to print. Is the patterns still there to print? Can I get someone to send me the charts? I could not find a phone number to call? Please help me, I I thank you for helping me and I just found the patterns on Pinterest.

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