Thank you everyone who chimed in on my question about embroidery. More than 50 of you shared your opinion!
I am not sure if I am any wiser. Well, maybe a little. It seems that there is some consensus that 'free embroidery' and cross stitch both come under Embroidery in the Needlecraft category - along with hardanger, stumpwork and what have you. I guess you could say they are all one happy stitchy family.
But some do see the different types of Embroidery as different crafts in some way and looking at the Feeling Stitchy Flickr pool the vast majority is definitely of the 'free embroidery' type. Which is interesting. Some people who do, for example, crewel or counted cross stitch might think the group isn't for them.
Floresita, please correct me if I'm wrong- The group is open to everything that is stitched. I think it is really interesting to see what the different types of embroidery are all about. Some may be more restricted when it comes to colours or materials, but you can get inspiration from that too, even if you don't do, say, redwork, and have no intention to.
I, for one, would love to see more stuff that isn't 'free embroidery'. The possibilities are, literally, endless and it would be a durn shame to exclude any of the stitchy stuff.