Sewing needle

A sewing needle
Needles used for hand sewing
Thread through the eye of a No.5 sharp needle
<Center> Magdalenian, Gourdan-Polignan France - Muséum of Toulouse
Bone sewing needle, Early Neolithic period, Xinglongwa Culture
Tibetan needle-case
Metal container for pins from the second half of the 20th century. From the Museo del Objeto del Objeto collection

Long slender tool with a pointed tip at one end and a hole to hold the sewing thread.

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Beadwork in progress on a bead weaving loom. Black, orange and transparent seed beads are being used to make a bracelet.
A string of blue faience beads from north Lisht, a village in the Memphite region of Egypt, c. 1802–1450 B.C.
Polar bear made of pearl beads, an example of a modern beadwork project
Modern beaded flowers, yellow made in the French beading technique and pink in the Victorian beading technique.
Russian Countess Olga Orlova-Davydova wearing a heavily beaded kokoshnik at the Masquerade Costume Ball of 1903
Examples of contemporary Native American beadwork
An elephant mask decorated with glass beads by the Bamileke people in Bandjoun, Cameroon c. 1910–1930

Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another by stringing them onto a thread or thin wire with a sewing or beading needle or sewing them to cloth.

Decorative box

Form of packaging that is generally more than just functional, but also intended to be decorative and artistic.

18th-century German gold and mother of pearl snuff box
Chinese mother of pearl lacquer box with peony decor Ming Dynasty
Elizabeth E Copeland (1866–1957) covered box, circa 1915 metalwork, silver and cloisonné, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
A jewel box lined with red velvet
Snuff box with a miniature portrait of King Léopold II from the collection of the King Baudouin Foundation
Coffin-shaped snuff box made from sheet copper, raised, tinned inside and engraved. 1792, Victoria and Albert Museum

It is usually fitted with a tray divided into many small compartments for needles, reels of silk and cotton, and other necessaries for stitchery.


Town, and local government district, in north-east Worcestershire, England, approximately 15 mi south of Birmingham.

Commemorative pavement plaque in Alcester Street
The former Redditch Bus Station, circa 1996
St Stephen's Church (Church of England)
Worcester Square
View across Arrow Valley Lake

In the 19th century, it became the international centre for the needle and fishing tackle industry.


Laid threads, a surface technique in wool on linen. The Bayeux Tapestry, 11th century.
Detail of embroidered silk gauze ritual garment. Rows of even, round chain stitch used for outline and color. 4th century BC, Zhou tomb at Mashan, Hubei, China.
A pair of Chinese shoes for bound 'lily' feet
Embroidered book cover made by Elizabeth I at the age of 11, presented to Katherine Parr
19th century women's thobe from Ramallah
Tea-cloth, Hungary, mid-20th century
Multi-colored crewel wool threads on a panel of linen warp and cotton weft, 18th century English
Commercial machine embroidery in chain stitch on a voile curtain, China, early 21st century.
Japanese free embroidery in silk and metal threads, contemporary.
Hardanger, a whitework technique. Contemporary.
Traditional embroidery in chain stitch on a Kazakh rug, contemporary.
Caucasian embroidery
English cope, late 15th or early 16th century. Silk velvet embroidered with silk and gold threads, closely laid and couched. Contemporary Art Institute of Chicago textile collection.
Extremely fine underlay of St. Gallen Embroidery
Traditional Turkish embroidery. Izmir Ethnography Museum, Turkey.
Traditional Croatian embroidery.
Decorated Easter eggs from the Luhansk region of Ukraine
Gold embroidery on a gognots (apron) of a 19th-century Armenian bridal dress from Akhaltsikhe
Brightly coloured Korean embroidery.
Uzbekistan embroidery on a traditional women's parandja robe.
Woman wearing a traditional embroidered Kalash headdress, Pakistan.
Bookmark of black fabric with multicolored Bedouin embroidery and tassel of embroidery floss
Chain-stitch embroidery from England circa 1775
Traditional Bulgarian Floral embrodery from Sofia and Trun.

Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn.


Work of providing furniture, especially seats, with padding, springs, webbing, and fabric or leather covers.

A New England easy chair with its upholstery sectioned
Armchair, designed in 1869 by George Jacob Hunzinger and patented on March 30, 1869. Wood, original upholstery. Brooklyn Museum
An upholstered chair ready to be covered with the decorative outer textile.
Leather-upholstered car seats
A motorboat cockpit.

Upholstery needles (round point curved needles and button needles)


Quilter in Bazaar of Nishapur, Iran
Women of Gee's Bend, Alabama quilting, 2005
Quilted skirt (silk, wool and cotton – 1770–1790), Jacoba de Jonge-collection MoMu, Antwerp / Photo by Hugo Maertens, Bruges.
This early American wholecloth quilt was made in the Colonial period, c. 1760–1800. The blue resist fabric includes bold, fanciful botanical motifs. Collection of Bill Volckening.
Star of Bethlehem Quilt, 1940 from the Brooklyn Museum
Native American Baby in cradle board with baby star quilt
East Bengal (Modern Bangladesh), 19th century
Child's futon sleeping mat (boro shikimono), late 1800s Japan. The stitches are decorative, but also functional; they hold the pieced cotton rags together
A decorative use of quilting: a stool upholstered with quilted and embroidered fabric from India.
Longarm quilting machine

Quilting is the term given to the process of joining a minimum of three layers of fabric together either through stitching manually using a needle and thread, or mechanically with a sewing machine or specialised longarm quilting system.


Sewing Fisherman´s Wife by Anna Ancher, 1890.
A sewing bird or sewing clamp provides a "third hand" to hold fabric taut. Watercolor by Frank McEntee, National Gallery of Art, Index of American Design.
Early 20th century sewing in Detroit, Michigan.
A woman sewing as a street vendor in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bangladeshi women sewing clothes.
A tailor fitting a suit in Hong Kong.
Hobby sewer cutting out fabric for a dress
Latest sewing machines Brother "Nexio" Direct Drive Lock Stitcher with Electronic Feeding System
Garment construction
Virtual sewing machine tools in a cloth simulation software
Digital clothing created with virtual sewing machine in a cloth simulation software

Sewing is the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a sewing needle and thread.


"Cashmere darn", a fine darning technique for twill fabric
"Swiss darning" to repair knits
Pattern darning

Darning is a sewing technique for repairing holes or worn areas in fabric or knitting using needle and thread alone.

Crewel embroidery

Type of surface embroidery using wool.

Fanciful leaf in crewelwork, detail of a curtain, English, c. 1696. Victoria and Albert Museum T.166-1961.
Embroidered cushion cover, 1601, British (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Crewel embroidery on bed curtain panel, British, early 18th century (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Hanoverian period (c. 1740) crewelwork detail highlighting carnation
Fishing Lady crewelwork, 18th century, Boston (Cleveland Art Museum)
Detail of linen valence ca. 1760-1770 embroidered with crewel wool, American

It is best to use a crewel needle to execute the stitches as a needle with a wide body, large eye and a sharp point is required.


19th-century needlecase of bone, lead, wood, glass pearls, amber, leather, bronze, and iron. Nivkh or Evenki people, Amur River basin, Russia.

A needlecase or needle case is a small, often decorative, holder for sewing needles.