from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Needlework imitating tapestry, usually done on canvas with Berlin wools. The name is sometimes given to other forms of embroidery with wools.


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  • The very furniture, the red paper with yellow patterns in the drawing-room, the numerous rush-bottomed chairs in the dining-room, the faded wool-work cushions, embroidered with figures of girls and dogs, on the sofa, the branching lamps, and the gloomy-looking portraits on the walls — everything inspired an involuntary melancholy, about everything there clung a sense of chill and flatness.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • Once he went out and got a fresh candle, and put it into the tin candlestick, and set it among the china ornaments on wool-work mats.

    Red Pottage

  • People returning from mass saw him at his door in his wool-work slippers.

    Madame Bovary

  • He was dressed in a rough blue suit of clothes, all torn and much stained by sea water, and his head was covered with a red cap of wool-work which rested lightly on his tangled masses of hair.

    Madame Midas

  • Annie Price sent the pattern she promised for my wool-work?

    Ruth Arnold or, the Country Cousin

  • She has ceased playing, and is now sitting by a low table with her lovely head bent earnestly over a lap full of wool-work.

    Honor Edgeworth Ottawa's Present Tense

  • A cry of genuine surprise burst from her lips, as, scattering her mass of wool-work on the floor, she rushed to her guardian's side with joyful greetings.

    Honor Edgeworth Ottawa's Present Tense

  • The next morning he was sitting before a cheerful grate fire in his aunt's private parlor at a certain hotel in Boston, his long legs stretched towards the blaze, and his chin dropped meditatively on his breast, while she, at the other end of the leopard-skin, worked busily on some fleecy white wool-work, occasionally glancing towards his darkly-thoughtful face.

    Sara, a Princess

  • Curtain, XVIIth century wool-work (Plate VII.), 361

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving

  • The open and solid fillings are often used together in the same piece of work; examples of this can be seen on the XVIIth century wool-work curtains, the large scrolling leaves are sometimes partly worked openly and a portion, possibly reflexed, filled in with solid stitches in gradating colour; see for an example Plate VIII.

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving


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