nee·​dle·​point ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌpȯint How to pronounce needlepoint (audio)
: lace worked with a needle over a paper pattern
: embroidery done on canvas usually in simple even stitches across counted threads
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 The remarkable Haag, who also was an actress, painter, poet, novelist, playwright, writer of travel stories and creator of needlepoint canvases, some of which required hundreds of hours to complete, died Monday in Shoreline, Washington, according to the AFI and the MB Abram agency. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024 In the Library Suite, a staircase secreted behind the 19th-century needlepoint screen that serves as a headboard leads to a mezzanine library with a stained glass rose window, while a side room has a cozy corner by a fireplace ideal for curling up with some treasure from the bookshelves. Lila Harron Battis, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2024 The store’s gift selection includes decanter sets, carry-on cocktail kits and needlepoint flasks. Evan Moore, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Still others were rooted in functional art, such as needlepoint or playing piano for their family’s enjoyment. April Wallace,, 28 Jan. 2024 Rosengren, the former owner of a needlepoint and knitting store, donated her mother’s pots and pans — and sold nearly everything else on Amazon, eBay and Craigslist. Katherine Kallergis, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Now, most girls of Annie’s social and economic class were expected to attend afternoon teas, learn needlepoint, and eventually, find a husband and raise a family. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 4 Jan. 2024 These needlepoint stockings sewn by family can be passed on to future generations along with Christmas memories. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Oct. 2023 In return, many people offered him needlepoint artwork as payment. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of needlepoint was in 1865

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“Needlepoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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nee·​dle·​point ˈnēd-ᵊl-ˌpȯint How to pronounce needlepoint (audio)
: embroidery done on canvas or plastic usually in simple even stitches across counted threads
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