from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Embroidery with porcupine-quills, such as that made by the North American Indians. See Canadian embroidery, under Canadian.


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  • Sometimes the Indian will deck his "medicine-bundle" with fanciful trinkets and quill-work At other times the "bundle" is kept forever out of the sight of all uninterested persons, and is altogether unadorned.

    Indian Why Stories

  • Few of us had won ours yet, and his was man's size, of white deerskin and colored quill-work.

    The Trail Book

  • The women wore short gowns, or long, full jackets, and petticoats; and their moccasins were like those of squaws, ornamented with beautiful quill-work.

    Heroes of the Middle West The French

  • The faces of many girls were brilliant with vermilion; others were blacked, their robes, leggings, and skin dresses glittering with beads and quill-work.

    The old Santa Fe trail The Story of a Great Highway

  • I do not ask you to send me _The Una_, for the dollar must go with the request, and the dollar has yet to be earned by _quill-work_, a task quite as hard as was work when a child at the _quill-wheel_, winding yarn from the reel.

    History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I

  • Over his shoulders he slung a powder-horn and shot-pouch, the latter tastefully embroidered with dyed quill-work.

    The Young Fur Traders

  • All ignorant of the poor maniac's arrival, for the news had not yet spread, the mother of Little Beaver sat embroidering a moccasin with dyed quill-work.

    The Crew of the Water Wagtail

  • Over his shoulders he slung a powder-horn and shot-pouch, the latter tastefully embroidered with dyed quill-work, A pair of deer-skin mittens, having a little bag for the thumb, and a large bag for the fingers, completed his costume.

    The Young Fur Traders

  • Next he drew on his little legs a pair of blue cloth leggings, which were ornamented with beads, and clothed his feet in new moccasins, embroidered, like the coat, with quill-work.

    The Red Man's Revenge A Tale of The Red River Flood

  • On opening it I perceived the old squaw, who immediately slipped into my hand a set of beautifully-embroidered bark trays, fitting one within the other, and exhibiting the very best sample of the porcupine quill-work.

    Roughing It in the Bush


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