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 After Anthony’s teacher refused to teach her long division and told her to learn needlepoint instead, Daniel added a homeschooling room where his children could receive a more diverse education. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Susan B. Anthony’s Childhood Home Is Getting Renovated," 30 Jan. 2020 Social media feeds are full of people picking up needlepoint, feeding their sourdough starters, re-learning to play the piano, and re-growing celery in their windows. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "What's Old Is New Again: Victorian Hobbies Are Making a Comeback," 2 May 2020 Even Valentino Garavani himself has been photographed wearing them in needlepoint, as has Aquazzura creative director Edgardo Osorio, and ’s Hamish Bowles. David Nash, Town & Country, "How the Velvet Slipper-Clad World of Stubbs & Wootton Went From Elite to Street," 2 Apr. 2020 To crochet, or to knit, or to block out an image in cross-stitch or needlepoint, is both to make something and to make sense of it, turning a slack piece of string into something with recognizable function and form. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "How Crafting Can Help Ease Pandemic Anxiety," 1 Apr. 2020 Etsy, known for things like novelty needlepoints, is not generally an emergency backstop for pandemic cleaning supplies. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Jewelry. Candles. Hand Sanitizer. Welcome to Coronavirus Etsy," 24 Mar. 2020 The company has made straps from ribbons, handmade needlepoint and even elephant skin. Michelle Pemberton, Indianapolis Star, "This tiny Indianapolis company makes guitar straps for some of the biggest stars," 7 Feb. 2020 Braden notes that the first ornaments, which arrived in the macrame-and-needlepoint era of the 1970s, were relatively simple. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "6,600 Hallmark ornaments just arrived at Henry Ford Museum: When you can see them," 25 Nov. 2019 Gloria was proficient in writing, ceramics and needlepoint., "Gloria M. Gill," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of needlepoint

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Needlepoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of needlepoint

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

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