Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stitch used in worsted-work and embroidery, single and not crossed, the stitches lying side by side in a diagonal direction. Also called petit point.
“She does, core of my heart, she does, and is as ignorant of music as I am of tent-stitch.”
“However, I took this as a sign of grace in my prodigal, and desired Anne to see the rooms prepared and that she should not attend me with my tent-stitch after dinner, as wishing to keep flint and steel apart, which your Ladyship will admit was a prudence to be desired.”
“I was seated in the garden with my tent-stitch, when out comes Pratt to say a young woman requested an audience of me.”
“My dear Jane -- I wish you would just put by that everlasting tent-stitch, and listen to me for a few moments," &c.”
“I receive visits upon idle days, and I shade my life as I do my tent-stitch, that is, make as easy transitions as I can from business to pleasure; the one would be too flaring and gaudy without some dark shades of t'other; and if I worked altogether in the grave colours, you know 'twould be quite dismal.”
“For the background we will use still another stitch, and when you are covering large spaces the work is to be done in tent-stitch.”
“They worked crewel bed hangings and cross-stitch and tent-stitch upholstery in the seventeenth century, and in still earlier times richly ornamented linens and other fabrics with flowers and scriptural subjects.”
“The wonderfully wrought pictures in tent-stitch, for example, bequeathed to us by the 17th century, are painful object lessons in what not to do.”
“What is known as tent-stitch (A in the sampler opposite) is a sort of half cross-stitch; its peculiarity is that it covers only one thread of the canvas at a stroke, and is therefore on a more minute scale than stitches which are two or three threads wide, as cross-stitch may, and cushion-stitch must, be.”
“A picture in tent-stitch is even more foolish than a picture in mosaic.”
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