nee·​dle·​work | \ ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌwərk How to pronounce needlework (audio) \

Definition of needlework

1 : work done with a needle especially : work (such as embroidery) other than plain sewing
2 : the occupation of one who does needlework

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needleworker \ ˈnē-​dᵊl-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce needlework (audio) \ noun

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Examples of needlework in a Sentence

She showed us a sample of her needlework. She still enjoys doing needlework.
Recent Examples on the Web The Westeros public gave her the name the Realm's Delight — but instead of busying her days with needlework and elocution classes, Rhaenyra serves as her father's cupbearer and rides dragons. Nick Romano,, 13 July 2022 Art objects, including quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlework, basket weaving, ceramics and glassblowing, were historically relegated to low art made predominantly by women. Shantay Robinson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2022 Sequin embellishments, and no doubt hours and hours of needlework, make this outfit a work of art. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 19 May 2022 If the cat’s claws (or your needlework) leave visible holes with frayed edges, seal the threads’ ends with seam sealant, such as the Dritz Fray Check ($4.99 for a 0.75-ounce bottle at Joann). Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 Her mother, the fashion designer Madame Willi Posey, taught her needlework and took her on the first of her museum-haunting trips to Europe. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 The MAMGA Royal Court was on full display Tuesday as well, including King Elexis I Richard Edwards Jr. and Queen Myea Eleanora Rice, whose trains cascaded down the back of their float so that the intricate needlework could be appreciated. Michael Dumas, al, 1 Mar. 2022 She was born in 1974 in Los Angeles and spent her early childhood in Honolulu, the daughter of a doctor who did research on mouse immunology for the National Institutes of Health and a mother who practiced needlework, quilting, and other crafts. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Among the steady hands doing the needlework is Paul Saenz, who is in his 24th season with the club. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of needlework

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Aug 2022

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“Needlework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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nee·​dle·​work | \ ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌwərk How to pronounce needlework (audio) \

Kids Definition of needlework

1 : things made by embroidery, knitting, or needlepoint
2 : the activity or art of making things by embroidery, knitting, or needlepoint

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