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[need-l-wurk] /ˈnid lˌwɜrk/
the art, process, or product of working with a needle, especially in embroidery, needlepoint, tapestry, quilting, and appliqué.
the occupation or employment of a person skilled in embroidery, needlepoint, etc.
Also called needlecraft, stitchery.
Origin of needlework
First recorded in 1350-1400, needlework is from the Middle English word nedle werk. See needle, work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for needlework
Historical Examples
  • Viviette left Katherine to her needlework, and advanced to meet him.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • I have always dreamed of myself as a child learning to do needlework.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Lucy and Emily learned to read, and to do various kinds of needlework.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • The girls made a wish that they might become skilled in needlework.

    Japanese Fairy World William Elliot Griffis
  • She took up some needlework she had been engaged on, and sat down on a sofa.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • He was not so well as he had been in the spring, and lately he had not been able to help his mother with her needlework.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • “I am not good at needlework, but I can hem and put on buttons,” she pleaded.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • She placed her needlework in her lap and reached over to stroke his head.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • My sister Hetty has a beautiful one, all lace and needlework.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Not for nothing was her needlework at the Mission and her innate artistry.

    Lost Face Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for needlework


work done with a needle, esp sewing and embroidery
the result of such work
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for needlework

"sewing, embroidery, etc.," late 14c., from needle (n.) + work (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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