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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Early Needlework Picture
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Needlework Picture
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$602 Bids
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Needlework with Shroud
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Needlework with Shroud
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$1001 Bid
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Needlework with Angel
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Needlework with Angel
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$1001 Bid
Georgian Carved Mahogany and Silk Needlework Firescreen
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Georgian Carved Mahogany and Silk Needlework Firescreen
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $100- $400
$500 Bids
A.W.N. PUGIN (1812-1852) OR E.W. PUGIN (1834-1875) NEEDLEWORK CARPET, CIRCA 1850
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A.W.N. PUGIN (1812-1852) OR E.W. PUGIN (1834-1875) NEEDLEWORK CARPET, CIRCA 1850
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,0000 Bids
C.F.A. VOYSEY (1857-1941) ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR A NEEDLEWORK
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
C.F.A. VOYSEY (1857-1941) ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR A NEEDLEWORK
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,0000 Bids
Antique Eliza Steiner Floral School House Needlepoint Sampler
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Eliza Steiner Floral School House Needlepoint Sampler
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Framed duck needlework picture
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Framed duck needlework picture
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
AN EDWARDIAN MAHOGANY AND NEEDLEWORK FIRESCREEN, the rectangular banner dep
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN EDWARDIAN MAHOGANY AND NEEDLEWORK FIRESCREEN, the rectangular banner dep
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £50- £100
£300 Bids
FOLK ART DEPICTIONs OF ROSS CASTLE, NEEDLEWORK, ETC
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
FOLK ART DEPICTIONs OF ROSS CASTLE, NEEDLEWORK, ETC
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
FLORAL NEEDLEPOINT WALL HANGING, 54" X 35"
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
FLORAL NEEDLEPOINT WALL HANGING, 54" X 35"
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$800 Bids
VICTORIAN NEEDLEPOINT CHOIR SCENE
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
VICTORIAN NEEDLEPOINT CHOIR SCENE
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $100- $150
$600 Bids
A Framed Oriental Motive Needlework
Oct 16, 1:00 PM EDT
A Framed Oriental Motive Needlework
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A GOOD FRAMED AND GLAZED 18TH - 19TH CENTURY BRUSSELS NEEDLEWORK TAPESTRY of a king, queen and attendants.
Oct 21, 10:30 AM BST
A GOOD FRAMED AND GLAZED 18TH - 19TH CENTURY BRUSSELS NEEDLEWORK TAPESTRY of a king, queen and attendants.
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £400- £500
£3600 Bids
After Burne Jones, Pomona, an Arts & Crafts style needlework hanging, 20th century,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
After Burne Jones, Pomona, an Arts & Crafts style needlework hanging, 20th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£1000 Bids
A Horse Needlework
Oct 16, 1:00 PM EDT
A Horse Needlework
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Framed Needlepoint
Oct 16, 1:00 PM EDT
A Framed Needlepoint
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
AMERICAN NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, WROUGHT BY SUSANNA
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
AMERICAN NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, WROUGHT BY SUSANNA
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
A Framed Needle Point
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Framed Needle Point
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
AMERICAN NAUTICAL NEEDLEWORK
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN NAUTICAL NEEDLEWORK
by CRN Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
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MARYLAND NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER Dated 1803 15.25" x 14". Framed 18" x 16.5".
Nov 18, 9:30 AM EST
MARYLAND NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER Dated 1803 15.25" x 14". Framed 18" x 16.5".
by Eldred's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
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ENGLISH NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER Dated 1844 37” x 17”. Framed 41” x 21”.
Nov 18, 9:30 AM EST
ENGLISH NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER Dated 1844 37” x 17”. Framed 41” x 21”.
by Eldred's
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
EARLY 18TH C. ENGLISH LAND OF RICHES / WEDDING PETIT POINT NEEDLEWORK, FRAMED
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
EARLY 18TH C. ENGLISH LAND OF RICHES / WEDDING PETIT POINT NEEDLEWORK, FRAMED
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Needlepoint textiles


Eldred's

Eldred's

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

New Haven Auctions

New Haven Auctions

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries