nee·​dle·​work ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌwərk How to pronounce needlework (audio)
: work done with a needle
especially : work (such as embroidery) other than plain sewing
: the occupation of one who does needlework
needleworker noun

Examples of needlework in a Sentence

She showed us a sample of her needlework. She still enjoys doing needlework.
Recent Examples on the Web No set curriculum existed, and the only subjects considered necessary for middle- and upper-class girls were needlework, reading, writing, etiquette, music and a bit of arithmetic. E.r. Zarevich, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 His own dwelling is modest, and—characteristic of old Russian manners—entered through an anteroom in which maids see to their needlework. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 So are the examples of needlework in which Black women assert their presence, signing their names in thread (like the writer Ann Plato) or, in the case of the Connecticut woman Sarah Ann Major Harris, recording her entire family history. Karen Rosenberg, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2023 They’re made in family-run ateliers that use really high-quality Egyptian cotton and employ different kinds of intricate needlework. Liam Hess, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2023 Visible mending is all the rage now, so don’t cower under messy needlework. Neeti Mehra, Treehugger, 13 Sep. 2023 The firm is known for handling needlework collections — Micheál Feller and his wife, Elizabeth, are noted sampler and needlework connoisseurs — but the World’s Oldest Ham was too good to pass up. John Kelly, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 The external shell's eye-catching drop print and intricate needlework give your pet's sleeping place some character and style. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 20 June 2023 Dennis was in the furniture business, and Carol was an artist who loved to paint and design needlework. Bob Carlton |, al, 26 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Needlework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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nee·​dle·​work ˈnēd-ᵊl-ˌwərk How to pronounce needlework (audio)
: work done with a needle
especially : work (as embroidery) other than plain sewing

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