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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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Mill Scene in Frame Needle Work
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Mill Scene in Frame Needle Work
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Needlepoint of lovers in gilt frame (65 x 48 x 5cm)
May 23, 10:00 AM AEST
Needlepoint of lovers in gilt frame (65 x 48 x 5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD151 Bid
An English mahogany pole screen with needlework panel,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
An English mahogany pole screen with needlework panel,
by Roseberys
Est: £250- £350
£1600 Bids
A English mahogany firescreen,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
A English mahogany firescreen,
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£2000 Bids
Handmade Needlepoint of Two Sailors on a Boat
Jun 11, 11:00 AM EDT
Handmade Needlepoint of Two Sailors on a Boat
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Embroidered Antique Needlepoint Game Birds Hanging
May 29, 12:00 PM EDT
Embroidered Antique Needlepoint Game Birds Hanging
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
A Continental needlework fragment,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
A Continental needlework fragment,
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£2000 Bids
A Continental needlework panel, 
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
A Continental needlework panel, 
by Roseberys
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£7000 Bids
An English needlework fragment,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
An English needlework fragment,
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£2000 Bids
Two French oval needlework fragments,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
Two French oval needlework fragments,
by Roseberys
Est: £150- £250
£1000 Bids
An English needlework fragment,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
An English needlework fragment,
by Roseberys
Est: £150- £250
£1000 Bids
Two French needlepoint fragments,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
Two French needlepoint fragments,
by Roseberys
Est: £200- £300
£1400 Bids
An English needlework panel,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
An English needlework panel,
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£2000 Bids
Vintage wooden frame with glass handmade stitched colorful picture "Praying old woman"
May 21, 7:00 PM EDT
Vintage wooden frame with glass handmade stitched colorful picture "Praying old woman"
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $350- $500
$600 Bids
19th C 'Judith' English Mahogany Needlepoint Screen
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
19th C 'Judith' English Mahogany Needlepoint Screen
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Framed Needlepoint Floral Still Life Panel
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Framed Needlepoint Floral Still Life Panel
by Schwenke Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
An English needlework panel,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
An English needlework panel,
by Roseberys
Est: £250- £350
£1600 Bids
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Venetian School Midcentury Hand Made Needlepoint.
Jun 02, 10:00 AM EDT
Venetian School Midcentury Hand Made Needlepoint.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Group of Needlepoint Pillows, Three Total
Jun 01, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of Needlepoint Pillows, Three Total
by Northgate Gallery Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$1000 Bids
An English needlework panel, 
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
An English needlework panel, 
by Roseberys
Est: £400- £600
£2800 Bids
An English needlework panel,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
An English needlework panel,
by Roseberys
Est: £500- £800
£3400 Bids
An English needlework panel,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
An English needlework panel,
by Roseberys
Est: £400- £600
£2800 Bids
A Charles II biblical needlework panel,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
A Charles II biblical needlework panel,
by Roseberys
Est: £500- £800
£3400 Bids

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