I credit this friend with starting my interest in needlepoint (which is so often the way). Up to that time, I was basically unfamiliar with that branch of stitching. For a time in my life I worked a lot of regular needlepoint kits. They usually had a picture painted on the canvas and I just had to fill it in with tapestry yarn using continental stitch. I worked several kits from Laura Ashley that were of florals (naturally) and quite pretty. I remember the relaxation I felt working my simple stitches in the evenings after a stressed or busy day.
There is a wonderful site online www.needlepointteacher.com that is well worth checking out if you are interested in needlepoint. The teacher has provided videos of how to make the stitches, plus several free patterns with instructions to make your own pictures. It is well organized and easy to navigate.
If you are interested in checking out petit point, there are several good sites for that as well. A woman who is well known in the field for many decades now is Jean McIntosh. Her web site is www.jeanmcintosh.com and her many kits and canvases are available to purchase online. Her florals and birds are wonderful and I like checking it out for inspiration. Another great site linked to Jean's is www.petitpointworld.com and several other artists' works are featured, also wonderful, some amazingly detailed.
What a wonderful world it is, the world of fabric, needle and thread meeting!