American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Work, such as sewing or embroidery, that is done with a needle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The work or occupation of one who uses the needle, especially in sewing.
- n. 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. 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.
- n. the art or process of working with a needle especially in embroidery or needlepoint.
- n. the product of such art or process.
- n. the occupation or employment of a person skilled in embroidery, needlepoint, ect.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. The combination of timber and plaster making the outside framework of some houses.
- n. a creation created or assembled by needle and thread
- n. work (such as sewing or embroidery) that is done with a needle
“And the wall was hung with pictures done in needlework – tapestry, in fact, though Dickie did not know that this was its name.”
“In the evening the doctor, Clara, Mrs. Rocke, and Traverse gathered around the fire as one family – Mrs. Rocke and Clara engaged in needlework, and the doctor or Traverse in reading aloud, for their amusement, some agreeable book.”
“But needlework is not a fashionable accomplishment, my dear.”
“The graving," probably, included embroidery of figures like cherubim in needlework, as well as wood carving of pomegranates and other ornaments.”
“This weaving of small subjects is certainly very little removed from embroidery; it may fairly be called needlework, for it is as often carried out with needles as with bobbins, the former being frequently better suited to the size of the work.”
“She could play upon the harp and paint in water-colours, and her needlework was a picture, but not half so pretty a picture as her face.”
“Pam Kaithern, mayor of West Cape May, New Jersey said police are looking into the guerrilla needlework, which is against the law because it is being done on public property without permission, The Press of Atlantic City reported.”
“Candace Thurber Wheeler founded the Society of Decorative Arts in New York in 1877 to help the thousands of women who were left indigent at the end of the Civil War support themselves through handicrafts such as needlework, sewing, and other decorative arts.”
“Besides themes connected with the female experience of childbirth or motherhood, we also find in the works of the first group techniques and materials that were perceived as “feminine,” such as needlework, weaving or clay.”
“Keep Girls in School, also states that girls in Africa are mainly steered towards stereotype subjects such as needlework, nursing and cookery rather than science and technology.”
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