Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Work done with worsted; especially, needlework done with threads of soft loose wool upon open canvas, the threads of the canvas guiding the worker, who counts them or the openings.
“Under the smart of this new desire Rosalie set the stitches of her worsted-work with exquisite precision, and hid her meditations under a little innocent air, which shammed simplicity to deceive”
“What a price she set upon that horrible old spinet she left in her drawing-room! and the framed pieces of worsted-work, performed by the accomplished Dora and the lovely Flora, had they been masterpieces of Titian or Vandyck, to be sure my lady dowager could hardly have valued them at a higher price.”
“‘I don’t like anything in worsted-work but flowers,’ said Sophy; ‘Nora Dillon says she saw two most beautiful wreaths at that shop in Grafton Street, both hanging from bars, you know; and that would be so much prettier.”
“The grief she had felt at the abrupt termination of all her hopes with regard to her son had been too much for her; she had been unable even to mind her worsted-work, and Griffiths had failed to comfort her; but from the moment that her husband had told her, with many hems and haws, that”
“‘I am so glad!’ shouted Sophy, throwing down her portion of the worsted-work sofa.”
“No one could talk to Selina on any subject more immediately interesting than a Roman Emperor, or a pattern for worsted-work.”
“She had thus obtained an idea of the world of science, and it was dull to return to worsted-work for amusement.”
“Go back to her story-books, her dress-making, her worsted-work?”
“And you may take your greasy boots off that worsted-work, and put the stopper into that”
“But the square piano, the endless succession of baskets, card-racks, etc., the footstools with the worsted-work dog and cat thereon emblazoned, the album and other books, so neatly and regularly placed round the table, and above all, three heads in very bad water-colours that adorn the walls -- all proclaim the superior education of the daughter of the house, and her aspirations after modern gentility.”
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