needlework

needlework, work done with a needle, either plain sewing, mending, or ornamental work such as embroidery, quilting, smocking, hemstitching, fagoting, some kinds of lace making (see lace), patchwork, and appliqué. Knitting, crocheting (see crochet work), netting, and tatting are also classified as needlework, being done with specialized needles or, as in netting and tatting, with shuttles. Many of the processes used are ancient, and some have several uses, such as the darning stitch employed in mending, embroidery, and lace making. Patchwork or appliqué, consisting of a cut or pieced design of one fabric applied to the surface of another, was used in ancient Egypt and India.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on needlework from Fact Monster:

  • appliqué - appliqué: appliqué: see embroidery; needlework.
  • sampler - sampler sampler, sample piece of needlework or embroidery, of silk, cotton, or worsted, for the ...
  • San Germán - San Germán San Germán , town (1990 pop. 34,962), SW Puerto Rico, in an agricultural ...
  • Meyer Guggenheim - Meyer Guggenheim industrialist, philanthropist Born: 2/1/1828 Birthplace: Langnau, Switzerland ...
  • Mayagüez - Mayagüez Mayagüez , city (1990 pop. 100,371), W Puerto Rico, on Mona Passage. It is a ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Arts and Crafts