from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Embroidery on stuff which is strained on a tambour-frame; especially, such embroidery when done upon muslin or cambric, and in linen thread, either white or colored. Also called passé.


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  • One day, while this lady was engaged in working a sort of embroidery called "tambour-work," she complained to young Whitney that the frame she was using was too rough and tore the delicate threads.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880 of Popular Literature and Science

  • Miss Quiney looked up from her tambour-work, with hand and needle suspended in mid-air, and gazed across at Ruth, who, seated at the harpsichord, had been singing softly -- murmuring rather -- the notes of Ben Jonson's _Charis her

    Lady Good-for-Nothing

  • She went always voluminously clad in black or shot-silk gowns, their skirts so swelled out by a multiplicity of starched cambric petticoats, adorned with tambour-work, that she was credited with the existence of a crinoline.

    The Dop Doctor

  • 'You must try it, and if the life is too hard, perhaps dressmaking or tambour-work will come lighter.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • A lute lay in one corner; -- tambour-work and embroidery occupied a recess near the window; -- the clothes 'presses showed their contents neatly folded, and carefully set out to the best advantage.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • A slave was sitting near the window, doing some tambour-work, but she did not move.

    Memoirs of Casanova — Volume 03: Military Career

  • His wife was engaged with a young girl at tambour-work; I accepted her company on the condition that she would not allow me to disturb her work.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • 'oman as takes in tambour-work, and dresses quite genteel, 'who talks a good deal about' my friend, 'and can't' a-bear anything low. '

    Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people


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