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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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 Heather had farsightedly brought two sets of needlework with her: one to do on the smooth part of the trip, the other when the going got bumpier. Los Angeles Times, "On Canada’s Via Rail, a return to the older — and let’s be honest, better — way of traveling," 17 Aug. 2019 Boys might get access to sporting activities, and girls are expected to sit quietly and do needlework. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Detained Children Are Treated Around the World," 10 July 2019 Like yoga or meditation, needlework’s repetitive action has been shown to induce a relaxed state, and can lower heart rate and blood pressure. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Handcrafted Fashion: Why We Crave It in the Digital Age," 25 June 2019 There will also be time for karaoke, gardening, volunteering at a senior center, needlework and singing in the church choir. Mel Jimenez, Houston Chronicle, "When it comes to retirement, it’s all about balance," 21 June 2019 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

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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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