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Sewing and needlework

alteration

noun

a small change made to a piece of clothing to make it fit correctly

appliqué

noun

the process of attaching small pieces of cloth to larger pieces of cloth to make a decoration, or the decoration itself

chain stitch

noun

a way of sewing in which each stitch is made by pulling the thread through the stitch before it

darn

noun

a repair to a piece of clothing, done by sewing stitches across the hole

darning

noun

the activity of repairing a piece of clothing by sewing stitches across the hole, or clothing that is being repaired in this way

embroidery

noun

a design of coloured stitches on cloth

embroidery

noun

the activity of decorating cloth with coloured stitches

mending

noun

the job of repairing clothes etc that are torn or damaged

mending

noun

clothes that need to be repaired

needlepoint

noun

a kind of sewing in which you use very small stitches to make a design or picture on cloth

needlework

noun

sewing or another activity in which you create something using a needle, for example embroidery, needlepoint, or crochet

patchwork

noun

the art of sewing many pieces of cloth together to make a pattern or picture

quilting

noun

the work of making a quilt, especially of making an attractive quilt together with several other people

sampler

noun

a piece of cloth that is decorated with words or pictures using different stitches to show someone’s skill in sewing

seam

noun

a line of stitches that joins two pieces of cloth

sewing

noun

work that you do with cloth using a needle and thread or a sewing machine, especially making or repairing something

sewing

noun

things such as clothes or curtains that you make or repair using a needle and thread or a sewing machine

sewing machine

noun

a machine used for sewing cloth

smocking

noun

decorations on cloth made by making folds and sewing them in position

stitch

noun

a short piece of thread that you can see on cloth when it has been sewn

stitch

noun

a particular way of making the stitches when you are sewing or knitting

stitching

noun

a row of stitches

tailoring

noun

the work of making clothes

tapestry

noun

a thick heavy cloth that has pictures or patterns woven into it. Tapestries are often hung on walls.

dressmaking

noun

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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