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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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Large French Needlepoint
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
Large French Needlepoint
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $400- $600
$3001 Bid
Early Woolwork/Needlework Ship Scene
Oct 18, 5:30 PM EDT
Early Woolwork/Needlework Ship Scene
by Schwenke Auctioneers
Est: $400- $500
$1001 Bid
Needlework Framed Pictorial
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
Needlework Framed Pictorial
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Three Needlework Panels: A 19th century chenille stump-work basket of flowers mounted on a hexagonal
Oct 08, 11:00 AM BST
Three Needlework Panels: A 19th century chenille stump-work basket of flowers mounted on a hexagonal
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £60- £120
£500 Bids
AN 18TH/19TH CENTURY FRAMED CONTINENTAL STITCH WORK PANEL. 45 cm x 35 cm.
Oct 12, 9:30 AM BST
AN 18TH/19TH CENTURY FRAMED CONTINENTAL STITCH WORK PANEL. 45 cm x 35 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£300 Bids
VINTAGE 1980 NUMBERED NEEDLE ART
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE 1980 NUMBERED NEEDLE ART
by Converse Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
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An ebonised fire guard mounted with a Chinoiserie needlework panel
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
An ebonised fire guard mounted with a Chinoiserie needlework panel
by Bonhams
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
FRAMED NEEDLEPOINT PICTURE THE LADY & THE UNICORN
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CDT
FRAMED NEEDLEPOINT PICTURE THE LADY & THE UNICORN
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
Needlework Textile Portrait of a Cat
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Needlework Textile Portrait of a Cat
by New England Auctions
Est: $250- $500
$500 Bids
ENGLISH ARTS & CRAFTS NEEDLEWORK PANEL, CIRCA 1900
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
ENGLISH ARTS & CRAFTS NEEDLEWORK PANEL, CIRCA 1900
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
SAVANNAH NEEDLEWORK, OUR MAYOR, 1901, WITH PHOTO
Oct 19, 10:00 PM EDT
SAVANNAH NEEDLEWORK, OUR MAYOR, 1901, WITH PHOTO
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
A Framed Needlepoint
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Framed Needlepoint
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Framed Continental Needlework
Oct 18, 5:30 PM EDT
Framed Continental Needlework
by Schwenke Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
Framed Christmas the Saturday Evening Post Needle Point
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
Framed Christmas the Saturday Evening Post Needle Point
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Dog and Baby Needlework In Rosewood Frame
Oct 21, 6:00 PM EDT
Dog and Baby Needlework In Rosewood Frame
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
A Framed Needlepoint
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Framed Needlepoint
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Framed Christmas Needlework in Victorian Frame by Anne Feller
Oct 21, 6:00 PM EDT
Framed Christmas Needlework in Victorian Frame by Anne Feller
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
A Framed Oriental Motive Needlework
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Framed Oriental Motive Needlework
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Horse Needlework
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Horse Needlework
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Pair of Needlepoint Pillows
Oct 09, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Needlepoint Pillows
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Vintage What is Home without Mother Needle Point
Oct 15, 9:00 AM CDT
Vintage What is Home without Mother Needle Point
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
Needlepoint Framed Genre Scene
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Needlepoint Framed Genre Scene
by Caza Sikes
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
Framed Needlework Titled The Home of Rebecca
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Framed Needlework Titled The Home of Rebecca
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Needlepoint textiles


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Schwenke Auctioneers

Schwenke Auctioneers

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