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 needleworker (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.

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Beer was brewed in the kitchen and was considered as fundamental a skill for women as cooking and needlework. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "When Women Were Brewers," 4 Oct. 2018 In her spare time, Dot enjoyed needlework, listening to operas, and spending time with her friends and family., "Dorothy Jane Claughsey," 25 Apr. 2018 But this is clearly not your grandmother’s needlework. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: ‘Coyataje (La Migra)’," 23 May 2018 Both Coyle and Haines have lived at Osprey Lodge for more than three years and met through their mutual love of needlework. Rosemarie Dowell,, "Osprey Lodge residents devoted to crocheting things for charity," 23 Mar. 2018 There were booths featuring watercolors, oil painting, needlework, photography, handmade dolls, sculpture and jewelry. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, Laurel Leader, "Second Saturday benefits from beautiful day[Old Town]," 26 Apr. 2018 Sewn into each of these artworks are the souls and dreams and worries and cares of their artists, for to do needlework is to participate in the two big buzz-wordy trends of the moment: being mindful and meditating. Sara Clarkson,, "Clarkson: Patchwork Pathways quilt exhibit features local art and talent," 22 Mar. 2018 This extraordinary assemblage, the collection of an American woman, Deborah Neff, runs the gamut from the most modest, touching efforts—a mere sock and rag with eyes—to figures that demonstrate dazzling needlework skills. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Black Dolls on Showcase at a Parisian Gallery Have a Poignant Story to Tell," 16 Mar. 2018 Her favorite pursuits were needlework, bridge, golf and above all spending time with family and friends. Hartford Courant,, "Harriett J. Spear," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of needlework

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of needlework was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of needlework

: things that are made by hand with a needle and thread
: the activity or art of making needlework


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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