Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Quilting in which the design is outlined with two or more rows of running stitches and then padded from the underside to achieve a raised effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of quilting producing a raised surface

Etymologies

Italian, from past participle of trapungere, to embroider : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian trapunto (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The signature pockets are quilted in a trapunto style that raises design for the purpose of capturing the subtleties in wash detail and aging with beauty.

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  • There are tiny, tiny trapunto stitching, rows and rows that I hope you'll be able to see on camera, that form this beautiful shape.

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  • This spring, Ms. Taylor likes the look of army-inspired trench coats, which feature details such as a cinched collar and a style of stitching called trapunto.

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  • This meant that the hand-quilted quilt, the hand-appliqued quilt, the hand-sewen and hand-quilted white on white trapunto type quilts were STILL HIGHLY VALUAABLE OBJECTS and provided for many a former slave household a means by which a woman, in particular, could work at home and still earn money and still care for her own children.

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  • Both Ms. Rahm and Mr. Collins remarked on the high quality of the Target garments 'construction, particularly in the pleated Thakoon cotton dress, with very detailed stitching in its full skirt, and a velveteen Sarafpour skirt that had trapunto stitching along the satin waistband.

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  • We had original art on the shelves because my mother took up different crafts during her manic phases and generated mounds of macrame or trapunto or whatever.

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  • I'm thinking large black stitches at the moment, maybe a little trapunto?

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  • But I have finished all the quilting I am going to do on my mother's b/w & red "ostrich" quilt, including some trapunto (very basic), which was one of the instructions for the final month.

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  • I was cleaning out my closet and found a fifties vintage silk like but not silk black trapunto circle skirt.

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  • Caressing my chest's bizarre cobalt trapunto ridges, the twin rows of vestigial mammaries like ornate golden buttons on a hussar's coat.

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  • "Trapunto is a whole cloth quilting technique which produces a raised surface on the quilt." - WW Quilting Page

    July 24, 2009