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  • Sometimes a hoop is placed inside, and the branches are trained into a cup-shape; at others, the branches are formed into a kind of umbrella; and, at others, they are trained into the shape of a distaff (en quenouille), or like a pyramid.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

  • C’était pour coudre, rien que pour coudre, que la vieille fée aux lunettes les avait pris aux enfants trouvés, — les yeux noirs ne connaissaient ni leur père ni leur mère, — et, d’un bout à l’autre de l’année, ils cousaient, cousaient sans relâche, sous le regard implacable de l’horrible fée aux lunettes, filant sa quenouille à côté d’eux.

    Le Petit Chose (part 1) Histoire d'un Enfant

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  • A method of training trees or shrubs in the shape of a cone or distaff by tying down the branches and pruning.

    October 19, 2008