Decorative work sewn upon cloth. Needlework was used in the decoration of the screens for the tabernacle door (Exodus 26:36
; Exodus 36:37
) and for the gate to its court (Exodus 27:16
; Exodus 38:18
) as well as for Aaron's girdle (Exodus 28:39
; Exodus 39:29
). Needlework was included in the prize spoils of war (Judges 5:30
) and in lists of luxury items for trade (Ezekiel 27:16
). Embroidered garments were the clothing of royalty (Ezekiel 16:10
; Ezekiel 26:16
). The mention of material of various colors suggests that some needlework may have involved applique.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Needlework'. Holman Bible Dictionary. http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/n/needlework.html. 1991.