In a local fashion boutique in Bangalore, India, a craftsman seen busy with needlework on a designer-ware.

Needlework is a broad term for the handicrafts of decorative sewing and textile arts. Anything that uses a needle for construction can be called needlework. The definition may expand to include related textile crafts such as a crochet hook or tatting shuttles.

Similar abilities often transfer well between different varieties of needlework, such as fine motor skill and a knowledge of textile fibers. Some of the same tools may be used in several different varieties of needlework. For instance, a needle threader is useful in nearly all needlecrafts.

Types of needlework

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  • Needlework — Nee dle*work , n. 1. 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. Syn: needlecraft. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • needlework — (n.) sewing, embroidery, etc., late 14c., from NEEDLE (Cf. needle) (n.) + WORK (Cf. work) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • needlework — [n] needlepoint crocheting, darning, embroidery, knitting, lace, quilting, sewing, stitchery, stitching, tatting; concept 128 …   New thesaurus

  • needlework — ► NOUN ▪ sewing or embroidery …   English terms dictionary

  • needlework — [nēd′ lwʉrk΄] n. 1. work done by hand with a needle, as embroidery, crocheting, or sewing 2. the art or practice of such work 3. anything made by such work, as embroidery or cross stitch needleworker n …   English World dictionary

  • needlework — [[t]ni͟ːd(ə)lwɜː(r)k[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Needlework is sewing or stitching that is done by hand. She did beautiful needlework and she embroidered table napkins. 2) N UNCOUNT Needlework is the activity of sewing or stitching. ...watching my mother… …   English dictionary

  • needlework — n. to do needlework * * * [ niːdlwɜːk] to do needlework …   Combinatory dictionary

  • needlework — noun Date: 14th century 1. work done with a needle; especially work (as embroidery) other than plain sewing 2. the occupation of one who does needlework • needleworker noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • needlework — noun some of the surgeons keep their fingers nimble with needlework Syn: sewing, stitching, embroidery, needlepoint, needlecraft, tapestry, crewel (work) …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • needlework — /need l werrk /, n. 1. the art, process, or product of working with a needle, esp. in embroidery, needlepoint, tapestry, quilting, and appliqué. 2. the occupation or employment of a person skilled in embroidery, needlepoint, etc. Also called… …   Universalium

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