Definition of patchwork in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Needlework in which small pieces of cloth in different designs, colours, or textures are sewn together.

    ‘a piece of patchwork’
    [as modifier] ‘a patchwork bedspread’
    • ‘For the girls, the colours are subtle with rainbow blocks, patchwork, topstitching, embroidery and prints in a variety of style.’
    • ‘Schools and community centres have joined together to produce a huge piece of textile art, inspired by the traditional Bengali patchwork cloth, the kantha.’
    • ‘A small, brightly coloured patchwork ball made from pieces of multicoloured cloth.’
    • ‘Presumably it's a bit easier to staple together a jump-around party record from musical snippets found down the back of the sofa, but some of these patchwork pieces are surprisingly dark.’
    • ‘If nothing else, this is an honest reflection of the screenplay's patchwork texture, where unfortunately all the stitches show.’
    • ‘As early as February, I was surrounded by patchwork fields of brilliant colours that give the area from Ventimiglia to San Remo the name the Riviera of Flowers.’
    • ‘These images were mere shreds of evidence, loosely stitched together like a patchwork quilt.’
    • ‘A most remarkable lady Lily was a genius at needlework and made the most extraordinary patchwork quilts by hand sewing.’
    • ‘Togneri, based in Culloden, specialises in traditional British patchwork in which geometric pieces of cloth are hand-sewn edge to edge to produce elaborate and complex designs.’
    • ‘A 350-metre-long patchwork quilt made of 1,000 cloth pieces is carrying an urgent cultural message to the Chinese.’
    • ‘Simon's brands work more like a patchwork quilt - each piece delicately overlapping the next - than like a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘Learn how to create a cross between a quilt and a pillow using simple patchwork designs.’
    • ‘From the right-hand corner flag they pieced together a patchwork that stretched back across the field and allowed Pires to add the final flourish.’
    • ‘Mrs Grey is, as I write, curled up on the floor of my study in a nest of patchwork pieces.’
    • ‘The patterns lend themselves well to appliqué, quilting, patchwork, paint, texture, and collage.’
    • ‘Somewhere in there, I decided that fabric was not for throwing away and began creating patchwork designs, sometimes piecing quilts.’
    • ‘You can cut the squares into shapes for appliqués and secure the edges with an open zigzag stitch, or cut the squares into pieces and seam them into patchwork designs.’
    • ‘Whilst historians are prone to talk of France prior to 1789 as a unified entity, it was in fact a patchwork quilt to which pieces were still being added in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘Take your large piece of fabric and patchwork square, put them right sides together and neatly sew three sides together leaving a 1/2-inch seam.’
    • ‘Fred had stitched fine patchwork quilts that covered the beds and hung on the walls of his house.’
    1. 1.1The craft of sewing in this way.
      ‘specialists in quilting and patchwork’
      • ‘If you fancy trying patchwork and quilting, wine-tasting, flavours of the world, cooking for special diets or Basic IT Skills then let us know.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, after an accident, she had to give up her career, and she then devoted herself to embroidery, patchwork and quilting, taking City and Guilds courses parts I and II in both.’
      • ‘Queensland Quilters Inc. is a non-profit organisation, aimed at promoting the art and craft of patchwork and quilting.’
      • ‘Creative quilting, patchwork and appliqué commence at the end of January.’
      • ‘Crafts that will be taught glasswork, upholstery and patchwork, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.’
      • ‘The craft of patchwork and quilting dates back to ancient times when the prime purpose was warmth and protection, today it is practised internationally and it is as varied and decorative as the individual desires.’
      • ‘I am also sampling the patchwork and quilting taster course during Adult Learners' Week.’
    2. 1.2[count noun]A thing composed of many different elements so as to appear variegated.
      ‘a patchwork of stone walls and green fields’
      • ‘It was not meant to cover a mass-casualty attack on ethnic, racial and religious patchworks such as London or New York City.’
      • ‘The effort is not all a loss, though, as successive pieces forge a springily malleable array of wiry patchworks that tug at and tease expectations.’
      • ‘Ambon city divides into patchworks of guarded religious enclaves.’
      • ‘Suburban patchworks of cover, such as small wooded areas and brush, combine with open areas to provide coyotes with good hunting grounds.’
      • ‘As the man assembles without distinction samples from different areas, each track feeds on combined atmospheres, creating intricate impressionist patchworks of intense beauty.’
      • ‘Including painted patchworks of color and other collaged materials, such as silver paper and billboard scraps, the gridded compositions are essentially geometric, yet decidedly improvisational and playful.’
      • ‘And if the characters she occupies are never more than tenuous patchworks, neither, her work insists, are we.’
      • ‘Two other gallery walls offered dense patchworks of light-hued paintings by Irish, alongside darker works scavenged from the Academy's collection.’
      • ‘Many of them are, in effect, patchworks made up from fragments of different dances.’
      • ‘The pieces emerge, not as verbatim stories, but as patchworks of tactile forms.’
      • ‘Instead, the coding regions of the genes are composed of mosaics, or patchworks of stretches of similar or identical DNA sequences, some of which are highlighted in Fig 1.’
      • ‘The result is an intriguing brew of thick textures jibing into a florid collection of sonic patchworks.’
      • ‘The site where space-age stadiums, rolling green lawns and a meandering brook are planned to appear is today a patchwork of ageing apartment blocks, small businesses, and dusty fields.’
      • ‘More complex models with linked genetics and epistasis and more complex demography will likely show even more complex patchworks of maladaptation across landscapes.’
      • ‘Look, our whole beings and minds are made up of patchworks of memories and networks of triggers.’
      • ‘And those strange patchworks of cultivated soil, potting sheds and pathways play a more vital role than most people might imagine in the cohesion of local communities, recreation, and environmental protection.’
      • ‘Over my shoulder, mighty crags dwarf patchworks of barley fields.’
      • ‘Through its patchwork texture of interlocking stories, the text emulates this form of communal realism, and the novel becomes a kind of neighborhood.’
      • ‘At times the ocean breeze would steal snatches of their conversation and carry them to us, wrapping these patchwork pieces of their adult lives about us like a reassuring quilt.’
      • ‘As this happens, and political pressures build, we will apply small patchworks to the existing healthcare system, and we will do this over and over until we have a rickety edifice that is literally the worst of all possible worlds.’
      assortment, miscellany, mixture, melange, medley, blend, variety, mixed bag, mix, diversity, collection, selection, assemblage, combination, motley collection, pot-pourri, conglomeration, jumble, mess, confusion, mishmash, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, ragbag, pastiche, farrago, hash
      scissors-and-paste job
      gallimaufry, omnium gatherum, olio, salmagundi, macédoine
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