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.
Recent Examples on the Web Women passed their knowledge of quilting and needlework to their daughters. Arkansas Online, "Four area artists included in SWOP exhibit," 30 Dec. 2019 Alice loved cooking, crafts, needlework, and her beloved dog, Bella., "Alice U. Ashley," 8 Nov. 2019 Among items for sale will be examples of rug-making, spinning, weaving and needlework. Phil Marty,, "Hitting the wine trail in southern Illinois, seeing the light in Indiana and more Midwest events," 22 Oct. 2019 All were taught reading, writing, and arithmetic; girls were taught needlework, boys astronomy needed for navigation. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "The New York Manumission Society," 24 Oct. 2019 Teach people how to make things, encourage the production of needlework, such as this elaborate, beautifully made bedspread. Deborah Martin,, "‘Victorian Radicals’ say yes to sex, no to technology in San Antonio Museum of Art exhibit," 10 Oct. 2019 The bed in the chamber adjoining and opening into the Blue Room is of antique oak, and is covered with a pale-blue silk quilt and shams, embroidered with art needlework in subdued colors. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: An 1887 tour of the Villa Montezuma," 29 Sep. 2019 She will be remembered as a frequent and accomplished world traveler and one skillful, with silk and yarn needlework., "Margaret M. Derby," 5 Sep. 2019 Oconomowoc Area Senior Center: Craft Fair, with baskets and needlework, holiday items, trains, collectibles, and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14, 210 S. Main St., Oconomowoc, (262) 567-4288. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What’s going on in Milwaukee this week: Sept. 13-19," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“Needlework.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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