from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Embroidery upon cloth over which canvas has been laid to guide the stitches, the threads of the canvas being then pulled out.
- n. A kind of embroidery done in Berlin wool upon silk canvas with plush-stitch, which when completed has the appearance of velvet pile. Also called raised canvas-work.
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Some of the canvas-work seat covers decorated with geometrical designs, seen on Chippendale chairs, were a pleasant and satisfactory variation in their way, but in most of the work after that period, the attempt at impossible naturalistic effect gave such unsatisfactory results as to almost deal a death blow to all canvas embroidery.