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  • n. Plural form of needlework.


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  • There were books and papers piled on tables in the main drawing room and needleworks in various stages of completion scattered on the settee.

    The Year of Living Scandalously

  • This was her skill in almost all sorts of fine needleworks; of which, however, I shall say the less, since possibly you will find it mentioned in some of the letters.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Permit me, my dear Mamma, to pursue my needleworks in your presence, as one of your maidens; and you shall be witness, that it is not either wilfulness or prepossession that governs me.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • No need then of the expedient of pursuing your needleworks in her sight.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • She excused herself to the women, on the score of her youth, and being used to draw for her needleworks, for having shown more fancy than would perhaps be thought suitable on so solemn an occasion.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The young gentlewoman assured me it was to both, and shewed me her needleworks, and penmanship; and the child was highly pleased with my commendations.


  • She has engaged me to breakfast with her tomorrow morning; when she is to shew me her books, needleworks, and other curiosities.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • How cosy all the Briggs party seem in their dining-room: Briggs reading a Treatise on Dog-breaking by a lamp; Mamma and Grannie with their respective needleworks; the children clustering round a great book of prints — a great book of prints such as this before us, which, at this season, must make thousands of children happy by as many firesides!

    John Leech's Pictures of Life and Character

  • And in this he lost all, and I had the pious duty to support him by my needleworks.

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty

  • 'Twas to be seen she was educated, and she presently confirmed my belief that she could read, write, and cast accompts to perfection, and was skilled in needleworks and household management.

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty


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