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.

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Further layering was accomplished with new Adler designs: glam-rock beaded artworks, cheeky needlepoint pillows, and Surrealist porcelain vases, some of which sprout ostrich feathers. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 Lorraine had the words committed to a pillow in needlepoint. Andrew Goldman, Town & Country, "Chris Wallace Is Fox News's Man in the Middle," 17 Nov. 2018 For the uninitiated, needlepoint is a form of embroidery in which thread is stitched, according to a pattern, through a stiff, open-weave canvas. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 6 Sep. 2018 Two steps down for each Portuguese needlepoint rug. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "From the T&C Archives: 19 Steps to Social Success," 18 June 2014 But beyond the flowery wallpapers with matching lampshades, dog portraiture, needlepoint and traditional European antiques was a quirky man with a wicked sense of humor. The Editors, ELLE Decor, "Remembering Mario Buatta: Designers, Colleagues, and Clients Share Their Memories of the "Prince of Chintz"," 16 Oct. 2018 The needlepoint tour, which took about 18 months to plan, brought 16 women earlier this month to stores like Shipwreck Beads, Luv2Stitch and A Stitch in Time. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Are You Into Needlepoint or Vintage Clothing? There’s a Crawl for That," 22 May 2018 This week's photo from our archives featured a living room with red needlepoint details on the pillow, rug border, and benchpad. House Beautiful, "Can You Guess the Year?A Vintage House Beautiful Photo of a Living Room with Red Accents," 12 Sep. 2010 My sister celebrated our new house with a needlepoint rendition of it and threw in a profusion of purple blossoms free of charge. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Attack of the purple ‘bean trees’," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of needlepoint

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of needlepoint was in 1865

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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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