Definition of needlework in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈniːd(ə)lwəːk/


[mass noun]
1The art or practice of sewing or embroidery: I took up needlework
More example sentences
  • A sewing group specialising in cross-stitch, embroidery, quilting and needlework meets on Mondays from 11 am to midday.
  • But very often the image is enhanced by decorative needlework (embroidery).
  • Erris is renowned for many things including its outstanding tradition in exquisite hand crafts like lace making, crochet, needlework and knitting.
1.1Sewn or embroidered items collectively: exhibits include Eastern needlework
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  • This rare early Philadelphia needlework was included in the important exhibition entitled American Rococo, first held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 1992.
  • Bess was a very keen gardener and flowers and plants feature in the Elizabethan needlework and tapestries in the house.
  • The wide range of works includes quilts, rugs, needlework, paintings, works on paper, weather vanes, whirligigs, decoys, and painted furniture.



Example sentences
  • The program for ‘Resolutions’ was developed cooperatively, beginning with a meeting in early 1994 between Chicago and a core group of half a dozen needleworkers who assembled in her studio in Albuquerque.
  • To meet the inherent challenge of harmonizing a variety of capabilities in a group endeavor, Chicago proposed, and all the needleworkers agreed, to use the same background color fade, the same techniques and a common border.
  • It was just after finishing the ‘Holocaust Project’ that Chicago began to talk to the needleworkers about creating a group of positive images to express the concept of healing or repairing the world.

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