from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Work done with worsted; especially, needlework done with threads of soft loose wool upon open canvas, the threads of the canvas guiding the worker, who counts them or the openings.


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  • Under the smart of this new desire Rosalie set the stitches of her worsted-work with exquisite precision, and hid her meditations under a little innocent air, which shammed simplicity to deceive

    Albert Savarus

  • What a price she set upon that horrible old spinet she left in her drawing-room! and the framed pieces of worsted-work, performed by the accomplished Dora and the lovely Flora, had they been masterpieces of Titian or Vandyck, to be sure my lady dowager could hardly have valued them at a higher price.

    The Virginians

  • ‘I don’t like anything in worsted-work but flowers,’ said Sophy; ‘Nora Dillon says she saw two most beautiful wreaths at that shop in Grafton Street, both hanging from bars, you know; and that would be so much prettier.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • The grief she had felt at the abrupt termination of all her hopes with regard to her son had been too much for her; she had been unable even to mind her worsted-work, and Griffiths had failed to comfort her; but from the moment that her husband had told her, with many hems and haws, that

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • ‘I am so glad!’ shouted Sophy, throwing down her portion of the worsted-work sofa.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • No one could talk to Selina on any subject more immediately interesting than a Roman Emperor, or a pattern for worsted-work.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • She had thus obtained an idea of the world of science, and it was dull to return to worsted-work for amusement.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 31, May, 1860

  • Go back to her story-books, her dress-making, her worsted-work?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 31, May, 1860

  • And you may take your greasy boots off that worsted-work, and put the stopper into that

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 18, April, 1859

  • But the square piano, the endless succession of baskets, card-racks, etc., the footstools with the worsted-work dog and cat thereon emblazoned, the album and other books, so neatly and regularly placed round the table, and above all, three heads in very bad water-colours that adorn the walls -- all proclaim the superior education of the daughter of the house, and her aspirations after modern gentility.

    Gladys, the Reaper


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