Is it hard to learn? I hope it's not.
What's an IMO? I currently live in the Netherlands, so everything is pretty expensive, but I've been lucky enough to get a gift certificate of 100 euros from an american book store, so I'll be picking up the sublime stitching kit after exams!
And, this is really stupid.. but what are the different type of needles and how does it make it different to the embroidery? And another question... are there differences between embroidery, cross-stitch and needlepoint?
DMC kits are available everywhere, and if you want to learn to cross stitch I'd recommend those. You have them from 2 E to .. as expensive as you want. I'd start with a very small pattern. These kits contain everything you need.
Cross stitch is the most known stitch, it looks like this: X.
Needle point is a half cross stitch: /
Embroidery is everything else.
Cross stitch is very easy, I'm sure you'll learn it within an hour or something. The most difficult part is the counting. Some types of embroidery are difficult, others are easy. I learnt myself from books that I bought at second hand shops, usually for less than an euro. Also, tell everybody that you like stitching: a lot of people have things from their deceased mums and grandma's and aunts that they want to give away.
In the Netherlands, there's also several courses to learn things like this. I'm studying for needlework designer at ENSAID myself.