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needlework

[need-l-wurk] /ˈnid lˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
the art, process, or product of working with a needle, especially in embroidery, needlepoint, tapestry, quilting, and appliqué.
2.
the occupation or employment of a person skilled in embroidery, needlepoint, etc.
Also called needlecraft, stitchery.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English nedle werk. See needle, work
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British Dictionary definitions for needle-work

needlework

/ˈniːdəlˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
work done with a needle, esp sewing and embroidery
2.
the result of such work
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Word Origin and History for needle-work

needlework

n.

"sewing, embroidery, etc.," late 14c., from needle (n.) + work (n.).

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