nee·​dle·​point | \ ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌpȯint How to pronounce needlepoint (audio) \

Definition of needlepoint

1 : lace worked with a needle over a paper pattern
2 : embroidery done on canvas usually in simple even stitches across counted threads

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Other Words from needlepoint

needlepoint adjective
needlepoint lace needlepoint pillows
needlepoint intransitive verb needlepointed; needlepointing
They passed the three hours needlepointing, reading and watching the Dodgers lose another game on TV. — Robert Hilburn

Examples of needlepoint in a Sentence

She sold her needlepoint at the arts and crafts fair. Her hobbies include knitting and needlepoint.
Recent Examples on the Web Her needlepoint lighthouses became fixtures at local craft shows, her nephew said. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 23 Sep. 2021 As early as 1937, Eriksen successfully sued a Danish handicraft company for producing needlepoint patterns of the mermaid, whose body was modeled on his wife, Eline. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Seth designed and built playground equipment for the kids, while Dorothy sewed clothes for her brood and crafted needlepoint designs. Jordan Runtagh,, 16 Aug. 2021 In the upstairs hall, the Connecticut State Grange’s Northeast Needlepoint Contests and exhibits on display include a variety of needlepoint, sewing, knitting, crocheting entries and more., 13 Aug. 2021 One of the most colorful styles on display is the coiled serpent necklace covered in a what appears like a needlepoint of diamonds, sapphires, and amethysts that JAR made for the actress, and renowned art collector, Jacqueline Delubac around 1990. Jill N Newman, Town & Country, 4 June 2021 Like the stack of needlepoint and sewing projects in my craft room, the subway was simply never finished. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 11 July 2021 Nearby is a Louis XV-style chair with a needlepoint back and suede seat that is comfortable, functional and attractive. Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 An accomplished needlepointer, Mrs. Williams used needlepoint as a way to demonstrate math at work. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of needlepoint

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Sep 2021

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“Needlepoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of needlepoint

: designs made by covering a piece of cloth with small stitches
: the activity or art of making needlepoint


nee·​dle·​point | \ ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌpȯint How to pronounce needlepoint (audio) \

Kids Definition of needlepoint

: embroidery done on canvas usually in simple even stitches across counted threads


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