Want the French to cultivate tapestries? (10)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'tapestries?' is the definition.
'want the french to cultivate' is the subsidiary indication.
'want' becomes 'need' (needing is a kind of wanting).
'the french' becomes 'le'.
'to cultivate' becomes 'work' ('work' can be a synonym of 'cultivate'**).
(Other definitions for needlework that I've seen before include "crafty stuff", "Sewing - embroidery", "craft", "sewers do that", "Stitching", "putting in stitches", "Something perhaps crafty", "artistic production" and "This could repair it".)