• WordNet 3.6
    • n needlework work (such as sewing or embroidery) that is done with a needle
    • n needlework a creation created or assembled by needle and thread
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Needlework The combination of timber and plaster making the outside framework of some houses.
    • Needlework Work executed with a needle; sewed work; sewing; embroidery, crocheting, quilting, or tapestry, etc.; also, the art, process, or occupation of creating objects with needles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n needlework The work or occupation of one who uses the needle, especially in sewing.
    • n needlework Work produced by means of the needle, especially embroidery in all its forms, which is in this way discriminated from decoration produced by weaving, knitting, netting, etc.
    • n needlework In architecture, a form of construction combining a framework of timber and a plaster or masonry filling, employed very commonly in medieval houses, and for some partitions, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Needlework work done with a needle: the business of a seamstress
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nǽdl; Ger. nadel; cog. with Ger. nähen, to sew, L. nēre, to spin.


In literature:

She had been taught the mandoline by the nuns, who had also taught her needlework.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
At present each house was busy with a needlework union.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
They were intended to teach needlework, and served as reminders of alphabets, sums, and mapping.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
Gertrude sat by the table and attended to her needlework.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The good woman herself was outside her door, occupied in training a large plant of needlework over her porch.
"The Crown of Success" by Charlotte Maria Tucker
She took some needlework from another drawer, and, sitting down, began busily stitching.
"More Cargoes" by W. W. Jacobs
Verena can darn quite nicely, and she knows a little about plain needlework.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Nearer to me, and in front of the men, a woman stood, and held up for their inspection a piece of needlework.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
The first-named variety usually belonged to royalty or one of the many noble houses whose ladies busied themselves with fair needlework.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
The chasuble is sometimes ornamented with very rich needlework.
"The Worship of the Church" by Jacob A. Regester
She could sit almost in silence for hours, half busy with some bit of needlework, and yet busy with him in her thoughts.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
She never went out without having some needlework with her.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
Sissy had spoken once to bid them take the needlework away.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
Indeed very few women could make one, and as few will do plain needlework.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
Miss Richards bent over her needlework.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Sometimes, however, he gave me needlework to do, and he had a strong aversion to Dr. Darkins.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
With needlework it is the same story: commercial thrift has degraded that craft.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
And there, sitting over some needlework in a corner of the kitchen by a lamp, sat Jeanne.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
If Mrs. Wilson had imagined they were about to engage in some fine and delicate needlework, she was much mistaken.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
Bring a shirt-waist or skirt sewn by herself or equivalent needlework.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low

In poetry:

She said they never wished them
To play–oh, indeed!
They learnt to sew and needlework
Or else to write and read.
"When We Went Out With Grandmamma" by Kate Greenaway
"'Susan, for you, I'll say you do
Your needlework with care,
And stitch so true the wristbands new
Dear father's soon to wear!'
"The End Of May" by Charles Lamb
Raiment of needlework! Patience, and pray'r,
Charity, purity, faith, are all there,
Weaving by trivial touches in time
Her robe of the Spirit, eternal, sublime.
"The Bride's Veil - (Psalm XLV. 15)." by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Her child was sightless. On a fine bright day
She saw her lay her needlework aside,
And, as on such occasions mothers will,
For leaving off her work began to chide.
"Blindness" by Charles Lamb
My daughter Jane makes dresses
For beautiful Princesses;
But though she's plain is Jane,
Of needlework she's vain,
And makes such pretty things
For relatives of Kings.
"Jane" by Robert W Service
Raiment of needlework, wrought through the hands
Of guardian angels who do His commands,
And minister grace from the Bridegroom above
To His mystical bride in her lace-veil of love:
"The Bride's Veil - (Psalm XLV. 15)." by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Did you think that ladies in the early part of the 20th Century just did needlework and played piano.
Zoe Salmon a dab hand at needlework.
She enjoyed needlework and was seamstress for many Salina retail clothing stores.
Needlework exhibit set for Kingwood Center.
Kingwood Center will have its first needlework exhibit 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, Sept 29 in the Meeting Hall.
Trenton Needlework Guild celebrates 116 years of giving.
CENTERVILLE — The Stitching Bee Needlework Group invites all needlework enthusiasts to display their work at Iowa Trust and Savings Bank Oct 11-13 during regular banking hours.
Needlework exhibit set for Kingwood Center.
It's 'sew' easy: Despite trend's slow return, DIYers can learn needlework .
Needlework , the primary election and 4-H winners.
Two Exhibitions Highlight Historic Connecticut Needlework .
Needlework Brings Together Programmers, Crafters.
A boho-chic woman with long gray hair casually inquired of me as we wandered through "Pricked," the Museum of Arts and Design's survey of 48 artists whose radical needlework is upending traditional notions of embroidery.
Connie Hoffman, of the Unitarian Peacemaker Needleworkers group, displays some of the handmade Ugandan beaded jewelry available for sale Saturday, Nov 6, to benefit Bead for Life.