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Needlepoint textiles

Needlepoint is a type of embroidery that involves a single thread and needle making stitches through an open- weave canvas. The degree of detail achieved is dependent upon the fineness of the thread and the thread count of the underlying fabric.

Needlepoint textiles date back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians. Examples of needlework were found among the possessions in Tutankhamun's tomb. In Medieval and Renaissance Europe, nuns and workshop artisans used needlepoint to create intricately designed chasubles and textiles used during religious services. During the 19th century, renewed interest in stitching techniques led to the opening of the Royal School of Needlework, which became an important center for the training of students and the production and sale of embroidery.

The stitches used most commonly in needlepoint today are the tent stitch, the Victorian cross stitch, and the random long stitch. Wool, silk, cotton, metallic cord, ribbon, and a wide variety of other threads are used to create needlepoint textiles.


Quick Facts

  • In January 2012, Sotheby’s New York sold a needlework sampler made by Mary Antrim for $1,070,500
  • By the mid-18th century, many European shops sold needlepoint kits, which included a designed canvas with all of the necessary materials required to complete the piece
  • Famous historical figures who made needlepoint textiles include Mary, Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth, and Martha Washington

Recommended Items at Auction

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Americana Folk Art "E Pluribus Unum" Needlework
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
Americana Folk Art "E Pluribus Unum" Needlework
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$2755 Bids
Vintage Floral Needlepoint
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Floral Needlepoint
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$165 Bids
Fox Motif Needlepoint Firescreen on Queen Anne Tripod Stand
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Fox Motif Needlepoint Firescreen on Queen Anne Tripod Stand
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
Six Frames Works
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Six Frames Works
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
American School, Needlepoint of a Fruit Basket
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
American School, Needlepoint of a Fruit Basket
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$301 Bid
Regency silk needlework and watercolor picture
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Regency silk needlework and watercolor picture
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Antique Floral Needlepoint Pillows & Wool Throw Blanket
Mar 03, 10:00 AM CST
Antique Floral Needlepoint Pillows & Wool Throw Blanket
by Rivich Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Vintage Beaded Needlepoint Wall Art
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Beaded Needlepoint Wall Art
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
A French needlework floral still life, 19th century
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
A French needlework floral still life, 19th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $60- $80
$201 Bid
A LATE 19TH CENTURY COAT OF ARMS NEEDLEWORK
Feb 28, 9:30 AM GMT
A LATE 19TH CENTURY COAT OF ARMS NEEDLEWORK
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £50- £80
£250 Bids
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Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
Lot van drie ingekaderde antieke borduurwerkjes me…
by DVC
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
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Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
Lot van twee borduurwerkjes…
by DVC
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
Victorian Needlework Panel
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Victorian Needlework Panel
by STAIR
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
European Folk Needlepoint
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
European Folk Needlepoint
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Assorted Needlepoint Pillows
Mar 03, 10:00 AM CST
Assorted Needlepoint Pillows
by Rivich Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Three Needleworks
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Three Needleworks
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Vintage wooden frame with glass handmade stitched colorful picture "Praying old woman"
Feb 27, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage wooden frame with glass handmade stitched colorful picture "Praying old woman"
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $350- $500
$1000 Bids
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Antique Victorian Needlepoint Tapestry, Framed
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Victorian Needlepoint Tapestry, Framed
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
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Antique Victorian Needlepoint Tapestry, Framed
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Victorian Needlepoint Tapestry, Framed
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
19th c. American Needlework Picture
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
19th c. American Needlework Picture
by Alex Cooper
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
ENGLISH NEEDLE POINT, MAHOGANY FRAME
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ENGLISH NEEDLE POINT, MAHOGANY FRAME
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
VALENTINE'S DAY NEEDLEPOINT PIN CUSHION.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
VALENTINE'S DAY NEEDLEPOINT PIN CUSHION.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
ENGLISH NEEDLEWORK THEOREMS
Mar 13, 11:15 AM EDT
ENGLISH NEEDLEWORK THEOREMS
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Needlepoint textiles


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